Novak Djokovic played with a three-centimetre tear in his hamstring during his run to a record-extending 10th Australian Open title, according to tournament director Craig Tiley.

The Serbian, who suffered the hamstring injury en route to winning the warm-up title in Adelaide, won the season-opening major after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final for a men’s record 22nd grand slam title, matching Rafa Nadal’s haul.

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“This guy I did see, he had a three-centimetre tear in his hammy,” Tiley told SEN.

“Absolutely (I saw the scans), the doctors are going to tell you the truth.

“There was a lot of speculation about whether it was true or not, it’s hard to believe that they can do what they do with those kind of injuries.

“He’s remarkable, to deal with it extremely professionally.”

Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic said after the final the world No.1 battled the injury, which would have forced most players to quit.

“He’s so focused on everything he does, with every single minute of the day,” Tiley added.

Novak Djokovic receives medical attention for his torn hamstring during the Australian Open. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

“That’s what he eats, what he drinks, when he does it, how he does it.

“There’s no breakdown or mental breakdown in anything that he does. He’s been through a lot and to win 10 Australian Opens, I don’t think that’s ever going to be repeated.

He’ll hold a significant place in the history of the Australian Open.”

The 35-year-old’s win in Melbourne has lifted him back to summit of men’s tennis for the first time since June.

The Serb’s Australian Open victory put him back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings after a four-place rise, the largest jump to the top spot in the 50-year history of the computerised rankings for men’s tennis.

Aryna Sabalenka’s first major title moved her up from No. 5 to a career-best-equalling No. 2 in the WTA rankings, behind three-time major champion Iga Swiatek.

Djokovic deposed Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz, who had become the youngest No. 1 male after winning the US Open last September, but missed the Australian Open because of injury.

Novak Djokovic played under duress for the entire Australian Open. Credit: Icon Sportswire/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Nadal, who was injured during the tournament, dropped from second to sixth with Melbourne runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas moving up to third.

Jumping into the top 20 was American Tommy Paul, who rose from 35th to 19th after reaching his first grand slam semi-final, while compatriot and quarter-finalist Ben Shelton went up 45 places to 44th.

Also making a sharp rise was Australian Alexei Popyrin, up 23 places and into the top 100 at 90th.

There are five other Australians in the top 100, Nick Kyrgios (+1 to 20th), Alex de Minaur (-1 to 25th), Jason Kubler (+5 to 75th), Jordan Thompson (+3 to 85th) and Chris O’Connell (-16 to 96th).

In the women’s chart, Sabalenka’s rise pushed Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula and Caroline Garcia down a place each.

Losing Australian Open finalist, Elena Rybakina, made her top 10 debut at No. 10, up from No. 25.

Ajla Tomljanovic is the highest-ranked Australian, up one place to 34th. She is joined in the top 100 by Daria Saville (-1 to 57th).

Novak Djokovic secures 22nd Grand Slam title.

Novak Djokovic secures 22nd Grand Slam title.