Novak Djokovic won a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam as he swept aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.
The 31-year-old won 6-3 6-2 6-3 for his biggest victory in a major final over his great rival, leaving 32-year-old Nadal rattled with 28 unforced errors.
Djokovic won in two hours and four minutes to move clear of six-time men’s winners Roy Emerson and Roger Federer.
The reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion claimed his 15th Grand Slam title, moving him outright third ahead of American Pete Sampras in the all-time list, closing in on Switzerland’s Federer (20) and Nadal (17).
Djokovic has now won 13 of his past 16 meetings with Nadal, who has not beaten the Serb on a hard court since the US Open final in 2013.
He leads 28-25 in their record 53 meetings between two male players.
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
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