Humble Djokovic revels in historic triumph


World number one Novak Djokovic said he is honoured and proud after equalling Roy Emerson's record for most Australian Open titles on Sunday, though he has no plans to slow down.

Djokovic claimed a sixth Australian Open crown with a 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win over Andy Murray in the final on Rod Laver Arena.

The straight-sets win also saw Djokovic add an 11th grand slam title to his collection, helping him move level alongside Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg in fifth on the all-time list.

And Djokovic, who admitted the record was a motivation heading to Melbourne Park, revelled in the triumph afterwards, telling reporters: "It's a great honour. I don't take anything for granted, even though I won last four out of five grand slams, played five finals out of five grand slams last that I played.

"It's phenomenal. I'm very proud of it, as is my team. We worked very hard to be in this position, and we should enjoy it. We should cherish every moment that we get to experience now because these are the tournaments that we all value, that we all want to play well in.

"No doubt that I'm playing the best tennis of my life in the last 15 months. Everything is going well privately, as well. I became a father and husband, have a family, so I feel like I'm at the point in my life where everything is working in harmony.

"I'll try to keep it that way."

Djokovic saw off world number two Murray and 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer en route to the title in Melbourne this year.

The Serb also crushed Rafael Nadal in a lead-up tournament in Doha prior to the Australian Open.

Many believe Djokovic has now separated himself from his three main rivals, but the 28-year-old insisted: "I don't want to allow myself to be in that frame of mind. Because if I do, the person becomes too arrogant and thinks that he's a higher being or better than everybody else.

"You can get a big slap from karma very soon. I don't want that.

"I try to still follow the same kind of lifestyle and routine, things that I've been doing all these years that have been helping me to get to where I am. I know being humble and being discreetly - still of course satisfied and proud of what you've achieved, but discreetly doing that.

"Of course staying respectful to all my opponents and my colleagues and to this sport is a key to continue on and maintain this level of success and performance. I hope. This is kind of approach to help me to get to where I am. I don't want to step away from it."