Novak Djokovic recalls thrashing Rafael Nadal in 2019 Australian Open final



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Novak Djokovic recalls thrashing Rafael Nadal in 2019 Australian Open final

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was a bit philosophical when asked if he has ever played a perfect match but eventually said his performance against Spain's Rafael Nadal in the 2019 Australian Open was "the best quality tennis I have played."

Both Djokovic and Nadal were playing outstanding tennis at Melbourne Park in 2019, but when they met in the final, it was a one-sided affair as the Serb dominated the Spaniard 6-3 6-2 6-3 to win the title. "A perfect match is 0-0, for sure.

But I don't think that has ever happened. Maybe I did win once or twice earlier in my career 0-0," Djokovic said, when asked if he has ever played a perfect match, per Ravi Ubha. "But I think I played, from the big matches, against Nadal in the finals of Australian Open in 2019, that's definitely one of probably the best matches on the big occasion against the biggest rival.

Probably the best quality tennis I have played."

Djokovic mentally feeling well

Djokovic was playing great at this past US Open but then his campaign at the tournament came to an end on the most disappointing way as he was defaulted from his round-of-16 match against Pablo Carreno Busta after hitting the lines women.

But the Serb insists he has gotten over the US Open incident and now he is fully focused on trying to win the French Open. "I have not had any traces of New York in my mind. I'm over it. Honestly forgot about it. I'm not thinking about it.

I thought I started off extremely well, winning 6-0 1st set is the best possible way to start a Grand Slam," Djokovic claimed. Djokovic played a lot of drop shots during his French Open first round win over Mikael Ymer.

"I think it's a great variety shot, the dropshot. I think it's important tactically to have it and to use it at the right time so that you can keep your opponent always guessing what the next shot is,” Djokovic said after beating Ymer, per the ATP website.

“I may have played too many today, I agree. Maybe I exceeded what I should have played. But I think it worked well in the moments when I needed to get the point I did. And I thought that I kept my opponent today on the back foot constantly, because I felt comfortable to hit really any shot, being aggressive or coming to the net or mixing it up”.