Why did we not see that in the final?
Until Sunday's Australian Open final, that makeover had worked to perfection, too, as the Spaniard steamrolled through six successive opponents without dropping a set.
Broken in his first service game on Sunday, it was clear not everything was right with the Spaniard when at 4-2, he swung a forehand and completely missed the ball.
The Spaniard has made a marked improvement in his serve during his rehabilitation period as he recovered from the injury he sustained in the US Open semifinal past year.
On the opening day of the tournament, Murray battled for four hours and nine minutes.
The Spanish second seed came into the clash in outrageous form but was dominated throughout the 6-3 6-2 6-3 loss at Rod Laver Arena, the worst in his Grand Slam rivalry with the world number one. That's the sport. We can talk a lot, but when the player did nearly everything better than you, you can't complain much. Given that he is coming off a series of injuries, given that he had not played since the US Open last September, Nadal could not raise his game. Nadal and Federer have been holding three out of four many times throughout their careers.
It was widely being expected that Djokovic will have to struggle in the final as he looked more inclined towards a marathon match.
Simona Halep's 48-week stay atop the WTA ended Monday. "If not, things change 100 percent". Is it the same in the men's?
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Williams chasing a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title, that will tie her with Margaret Court, said she was looking at winning. The star did not protest and went on to lose the match. "Williams was robbed!" one fan wrote after the game alongside a video .
He continued that record when he fell to Milos Raonic in the fourth round, promptly taking his frustration out on his racquet.
Eight games in, Djokovic had yet to lose a point on serve.
Thiem was forced to retire injured, while last year's semi-finalist Kyle Edmund was easily beaten by veteran Tomas Berdych in the first round. Federer was eliminated by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Round of 16 after winning the last two Opens on the hard court.
"I've heard that story the last 10 years".
It's a telling comment, less for what it says about Djokovic's feelings toward Nadal than Djokovic's attitude toward Federer.
If proof was needed that the champions are not done yet, then Djokovic provided it by thrashing Nadal in the final.
He retired from his Australian Open quarterfinal and U.S. Open semifinal a year ago with right leg problems, had an offseason operation on his right ankle, and hadn't competed in about four months when play began in Melbourne.
The 31-year-old Djokovic is now in a prime position to record his first ever Australian - Wimbledon double in a calendar year once The Championships rolls around in June.
"He was outstanding and on a different planet". He's putting an increasing amount of daylight between himself and his rivals, partly because age and fitness are increasingly affecting his matches with them - presumably to their detriment. He was chasing his second Australian Open title and 18th major.