He praised his opponent and reflected on the past 12 months after coming back from surgery early in 2018.
“I would like to return the favour and obviously give compliments to Rafa’s couple of weeks,” Djokovic said.
“Obviously a tough match tonight, but as you said, you came back from an injury that took you out from the tour since September last year and you were unfortunate throughout your career to go through some major injuries.
“But you’re showing to me and to all your other colleagues and many young tennis players around the world what is the definition of the fighting spirit and resilience, so thank you for that.”
“Sorry, I’m just trying to contemplate on the journey in the past 12 months,” he said.
“I had the surgery exactly 12 months ago and being able to stand in front of you today and managing to win this title and three of the four slams is truly amazing. I’m speechless.
“I would like to thank my team for supporting me obviously. It is an individual sport but you guys are always behind me.
“You guys are tolerating me on my bad days. You are putting together great successful formula that is working.”