World No. 2 Rafael Nadal was straight honest when asked about the Australian Open final as he admitted that he was rooting for Dominic Thiem to beat Novak Djokovic and lift his maiden Grand Slam title. Djokovic, who needed to win the Australian Open title to regain the spot after Nadal lost in the quarterfinal, beat world No.
4 Thiem in five sets to claim his 17th Grand Slam title. Djokovic is inching closer toward equaling Nadal's second-best record of 19 Grand Slams won and Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 Majors captured. "Obviously, yes [I would have preferred Thiem to win],” Nadal told Marca, as revealed on Tennishead.
"I’m not a hypocrite, right? "It would have been better for me personally if Thiem won." Nadal was hoping for a different outcome but that didn't affect his mood as he also congratulated Djokovic on winning a record eighth Australian Open title.
"But, to be honest, I slept exactly as well the last two days. In that regard it doesn’t matter if Dominic had won or if Novak (Djokovic) won. It is part of our sport," Nadal claimed. “This tournament is particularly good for Novak.
And right now he is, today, the best player in the world.
This is what the numbers say. “And the only thing that can be done is to congratulate him on another great success."