Rafael Nadal is matched by Novak Djokovic.

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It takes effort to score a bagel and requires excellent serve and return skills. A player is boosted and given the confidence to continue at the same tempo or to finish the match in flair after a 6-0 set. At Majors, bagel is especially appreciated when you need to conserve energy and play difficult best-of-five matches.

When we talk about the Open era, five players top the list of bagels at Majors. With 50, Andre Agassi is in first place, four points ahead of Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal had 44 points going into the Australian Open, and after Novak Djokovic‘s two sets of 6-0, he added company in Melbourne.

Now that two fierce competitors are tied, Novak should have more opportunities to compete against Federer and Agassi in the years to come. In the first two rounds of the Australian Open, Roberto Carballes Baena and Enzo Couacaud were the opponents for Novak’s 16th and 17th bagels.

Due to a hamstring issue, Djokovic was not at his best, but he still performed well enough to win two flawless sets.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are tied after 44 bagels in the Majors.

With a victory over Carballes Baena at the Australian Open, Novak began his 18th consecutive tournament run.

The Serb delivered a few breaks in each of the first two sets but saved his best for the third set, hitting 41 winners and 21 unforced errors. In the third set, Carballes Baena ran out of gas and was unable to sustain his level or avoid a bagel.

With 24 of the set’s 28 points and an easy victory, Novak made the third set a one-man show. Djokovic defeated qualifier Enzo Couacaud by scores of 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, and 6-0 to earn his 17th Australian Open bagel. After squandering break opportunities in set two, Novak had a chance to escape the fourth set and dominating the ones he won.

Due of the Serb’s leg problems, the Frenchman was able to win it in the tie break and prolong the conflict. With a fresh start, Novak won the third set 6-2 to gather momentum. Djokovic gained momentum and won the fourth break opportunity in the second game of the fourth set to take the lead.

For a 4-0 advantage, Novak took advantage of Enzo’s backhand error in the third set and saved the sole break opportunity in the following. In game five, the Serb committed two double faults but still managed to win 5-0. In the sixth game, Novak made a drop shot winner to earn two match points. He then won the first game with a backhand down the line winner to win the match and advance to the final.