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Novak Djokovic rode out a crisis to win his eighth Australian Open title after being given an almighty score by Dominic Thiem.

Struggling to keep his emotions in check and with undulating moods and energy levels, the 32 year-old Serb used all his experience to deny the Austrian a first Major title and move his own overall tally up to seventeen.

He becomes only the second man in history after Ken Rosewall to win a Grand Slam trophy across three decades after edging through 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 in just shy of four hours. His celebrations were relatively muted at the end even though he had been given a harder test than expected.

Novak Djokovic claimed a remarkable eighth Australian Open title after beating Dominic Thiem in a five-set thriller

Novak Djokovic claimed a remarkable eighth Australian Open title after beating Dominic Thiem in a five-set thriller

Djokovic bounced back in style from a set behind to close in on Roger Federer's remarkable tally of 20 Grand Slam titles

Djokovic bounced back in style from a set behind to close in on Roger Federer's remarkable tally of 20 Grand Slam titles 

Djokovic bounced back in style from a set behind to close in on Roger Federer's remarkable tally of 20 Grand Slam titles

Djokovic bounced back in style from a set behind to close in on Roger Federer's remarkable tally of 20 Grand Slam titles

Djokovic and Thiem embrace at the net after giving everything in the enthralling Australian Open final on Sunday

Djokovic and Thiem embrace at the net after giving everything in the enthralling Australian Open final on Sunday

It was a very tough pill to swallow after being 2-1 ahead in sets against Djokovic, who struggled to keep his emotions in check

It was a very tough pill to swallow after being 2-1 ahead in sets against Djokovic, who struggled to keep his emotions in check

Thiem kept fighting to the end and won himself many friends with this performance, certainly more than Djokovic, but perhaps the closest the Austrian got was a break point at 1-1 in the fourth set. He was vainly playing catch up in the fifth.

He has established himself as a real danger to the three players who have dominated the men's game but it still waits for its first new singles champion since 2014.

Djokovic made an electrifying start that saw him race to a 4-1 lead, although an indicator that this was not going to be easy came when the Austrian pulled him back for 4-4. With the crowd occasionally shouting out during points in the first set, Djokovic could be seen telling them to 'Shut the f+++ up'. However, Thiem was to surrender the opener in limp through a double fault.

Thiem was, however, to receive similar gifts in the second set as his opponent's second serve

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