Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic said he didn't feel well at some point of the Australian Open final and admitted he was on the verge of finishing runner-up at Melbourne Park for the first time in his career. Djokovic, seeded at No.
2, came from two sets to one down to beat fifth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 in the Australian Open final and claim his record eighth title at Melbourne Park. After saving a break point early on in the fourth set, Djokovic claimed the lone break of the set in the eighth game before serving out for a decider in the following game.
The Serb then broke Thiem in the third game of the fifth set and saved two break points a game later to complete a comeback in just less than four hours of play. "I was on the brink of losing the match,” Djokovic said, per the tournament's website.
“After I lost the second set, I start to feel really bad on the court. My energy dropped significantly. Kind of regained my energy and strength midway in the fourth set and got back into the match. After that in the fifth set, it was anybody's game, really.
I knew that very early in the fifth set it was crucial for me to make a break. I had that mental edge again, and that was enough to win it”.