Novak Djokovic has described the Australian Open as ‘one of the toughest tournaments of his life’ after winning the final.
The world number one outclassed Daniil Medvedev to win his ninth Australian Open title and his 18th career Grand Slam.
He has had a tough few weeks in Australia, though, and he says he is proud to have come through it with another major honour.
“It has been, emotionally, one of the toughest tournaments I’ve ever had in my life, without a doubt,” Djokovic told Eurosport.
“I had to really lock myself in the shell, really avoid any distractions and focus all my action into recovery, into mental preparation.
“I kind of pleasantly surprised myself with the ability to recover and ability to stay tough when it mattered most.
“I’ll take a lot of positives from this tournament, but I’ll also take a break because I need one!”
Djokovic also addressed the criticism he received for trying to help players in hard quarantine before the tournament started.
“Look, there are a lot of mixed feelings about what has happened in the last month or so with tennis players coming to Australia,” he said.
“But I think when we draw a line in the end, it was a successful tournament for organisers. They did make a great effort.
“It wasn’t easy, it was very challenging on many different levels, but you know, I think they should be proud of themselves for what they have put together and allowed us to come to Australia and be standing here – thank you very much for making this possible.”
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