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Federer slayer wins Australian Open

Novak Djokovic has beaten unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the Australian Open final, earning his first grand slam singles title.

This content was published on January 27, 2008 - 14:26

The No. 3-ranked Serb caused an upset on Friday when he defeated the defending champion Roger Federer, the Swiss world number one, in the semifinals.

The 20-year-old Djokovic had not lost a set in six matches leading into the final and his victory ends a sequence of 11 straight majors won by either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal since Marat Safin's triumph in Australia in 2005.

Federer has won 12 grand slam titles, including the Australian Open in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Djokovic, who had complained after his semifinal victory over Federer that he had to fight two opponents because of the overwhelming support for the Swiss star, was at it again on Sunday, frequently turning toward a pocket of chanting Serbian fans to get them fired up after he fired winners.

Djokovic said he didn't know where he would go next, but planned to spend a couple of weeks enjoying the celebrations.

"It's my first major, but it's just the start of a long season," he said.

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