Novak Djokovic, world number 1, beat Andy Murray in straight sets to clinch his sixth Australian Open title. This means that Murray has now lost five finals in the Australian Open to Djokovic.
It was a great Australian Open in the end as Djokovic, 28, satisfied all expectations by winning 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) to claim his sixth Melbourne title, matching Australia’s Roy Emerson’s record. The Serb has also equaled Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver’s 11 Grand Slam titles.
Murray, fought back hard in the second set after a slow start in the first which put Djokovic on course for glory. Andy, known to never give up strained every muscle in his body in the second set to revive his game coming back from a break down in an 80-minute second set.
In the opening game of the third set, Murray dropped serve and then could not convert a forehand that would have levelled it at 2-2. The match went into a tiebreak, which Murray started with a double fault and Djokovic started with an ace. Another double fault from Murray made it 1-4, and he went down 7-3 to a final ace down the middle.
The final outcome was much deserved, giving Djokovic an 11th win in 12 matches against Murray.
Match Reaction from both players
Djokovic: “I need to pay respect to Andy for having another great tournament. Tough luck tonight.
“He’s a great champion, great friend and a great professional who I’m sure will have many more chances to win this trophy.
“I also wish you and Kim good luck for the birth of your child and I hope you will experience a feeling like no other before – that’s what happened to me and my wife. I wish you all the best.”
Murray: “I feel like I’ve been here before. Congrats Novak. Six Australian Opens is an incredible feat. The last year has been incredible. Good job.
“I’d like to thank my team for getting me to this position. Sorry I couldn’t get it done. Thanks for all your support during a tough few weeks off court.
“And finally to Kim, my wife, who is going to be watching at home. You’ve been a legend. I’ll be on the next flight home.”