Novak Djokovic is the wizard of the Australian Open after winning a record eighth title in Melbourne against Dominic Thiem on Sunday.
Djokovic continued the old guard’s Grand Slam dominance by winning an eighth Australian Open title and 17th Grand Slam overall.
We look back at his remarkable record in Australia starting with his very first Grand Slam in 2008…
2008 – Maiden Slam
The 20-year-old from Belgrade was brilliant as well as ruthlessly efficient as he firstly ended home favourite Lleyton Hewitt’s dreams in the fourth round before cruising past David Ferrer in the last eight.
He then crushed then world No 1 and 12-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in straight sets to set up a meeting against big-hitting Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
In the final, Tsonga, 22, came out swinging and slam-dunking with a Francophile Rod Laver Arena firmly on his side.
Despite taking the opening set, Djokovic showed a steely determination to fight back and seal a 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-2) victory to become the first Serb to win a Grand Slam singles title and end a run of 11 straight majors won by Federer or Nadal.
2011 – Simply irrepressible
Djokovic bombarded a downcast defending champion Federer with a hugely-impressive display to reach a second Australian Open final where his good friend Andy Murray was waiting for him, having reached his third major final.
It was to be another defeat for the Scot though as the irrepressible Djokovic ran riot. He was outstandingly consistent, breaking Murray seven times out of 18 opportunities as he rallied to an impressive 6-4 6-2 6-3 success.
“It has been a tough period for our people in Serbia. We are trying every single day to present our country in the best possible way, so this is for my country Serbia,” said Djokovic.