Remember when the Roger Federer v. Rafael Nadal rivalry—featuring a contrast of styles, eight Grand Slam final matchups, and, according to some, maybe the greatest tennis match of all time—was going to eat tennis and shut out any other would be champions for a decade plus? That era feels like a distant memory, thanks to the dominance of Novak Djokovic, who this morning, won the Australian Open over Andy Murray.
Djokovic didn’t play a perfect game, but he doesn’t really have to to beat, well, anyone. Hell, he committed triple-digit unforced errors in this tournament and still won that match. Murray got stronger as the match progressed but he couldn’t even take a set off Djokovic. On one hand, it’s hard to commend the Serbian for his dominance when he played well for maybe one match (the semifinals against Federer), but in a way, it’s even more impressive that he didn’t need to be at his best to win.