Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic mimics Italian journalist after triumph

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic had the entire Australian Open press conference room in hysterics when he mimicked an Italian journalist's accent after winning his record seventh Australia Open title against Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

The world number one produced one of the best performances ever seen on Rod Laver Arena, dispatching his Spanish rival in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

At the post-match press conference, well-renowned tennis reporter Ubaldo Scanagatta began asking the first question when Djokovic interrupted and pulled off a hilarious Italian accent while mimicking Scanagatta..

"Novak, congratulations," Scanagatta began. "Seven Australian Opens, 15 Grand Slams..."

"Not too bad [with an Italian accent]," replied Djokovic as the press room burst into laughter.

The reporter quickly said: "Cannot complain."

Djokovic, with a wry smile, apologised saying, "Sorry but you're always like, 'Okay, man, yeah [Italian accent].'"

Scanagatta made headlines earlier in the tournament when he caught having a quick snooze during a Nadal press conference.

In eclipsing the six Open titles of Roger Federer and Australian Roy Emerson, Djokovic also surpassed American legend Pete Sampras to elevate himself to outright third on the all-time grand slam title leaderboard with a 15th career major.  

The super Serb now trails only Federer (20) and Nadal (17) and, at 31 and younger than his two great rivals, Djokovic may yet burst from their giant shadows and become the most successful Grand Slam performer in history.  

More immediately, the reigning Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion will head to Paris in May bidding to complete his second 'Novak Slam', having won all four majors consecutively in 2015-16.  

No other man in 50 years of professional tennis has ever held the sport's four biggest trophies simultaneously on two occasions.