Djokovic blasts Tsonga away

MELBOURNE - Tennis hot property Novak Djokovic broke through for his first Grand Slam triumph with a dramatic four-set victory over unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open yesterday.

MELBOURNE - Tennis hot property Novak Djokovic broke through for his first Grand Slam triumph with a dramatic four-set victory over unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open yesterday.

The 20-year-old third seed became the first Serb to win a tennis Grand Slam, coming from behind to register a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) victory over the tournament bolter in three hours six minutes.

Djokovic's victory was the first Grand Slam final since the 2005 Australian Open not won by Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal with the top-ranked pair dominating the game with the last 11 majors between them.

Djokovic and Tsonga rocked the established order by dumping Federer and Nadal out in the semifinals to set up a decider unimaginable at the start of the tournament.

The Serb went on to claim his first major title in his 13th Grand Slam after losing to Federer in last year's US Open final and also reaching the semifinals at the French Open and Wimbledon.

The victory stretched his winning streak to 11 matches, beating his previous best unbeaten run.

Tsonga, bidding to become France's first Grand Slam winner in 25 years, started well and took the only set off Djokovic in the tournament but could not go with him in the remaining sets.

Meanwhile, the only shrieking Maria Sharapova wants to hear 10 years from now will be coming from her babies, with the newly-crowned Australian Open champion vowing to quit tennis before she hits 30.

The Russian queen of scream is just 20 years old but secured her third Grand Slam at Melbourne Park with a straight sets win over Ana Ivanovic.- Sapa-AFP

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