Novak Djokovic wins sixth Australian Open with straight sets win over Andy Murray

31/01/2016

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Andy Murray’s quest for the Australian Open title lives on after world No.1 Novak Djokovic lifted his sixth trophy in Melbourne with a clinical 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3) victory. 

Djokovic loves the Rod Laver Arena and extended his superhuman recent record in Grand Slams while Murray had to settle for a fifth runner’s up silver shield. 

Having had an extra day’s rest and knowing Murray had endured a gruelling five-set epic against Milos Raonic, the Serbian came racing out the blocks.

Andy MurrayAt 8.43 am they served off and Djokovic raced into a 5-0 lead before taking the opener in 32 minutes.

After seeing Jamie win his maiden Men’s Doubles title the previous evening, Andy was trying to ensure they would be the first brothers to win both the singles and doubles at a Grand Slam for the first time in the open era.

But the British No.1 went into the match with a losing 21-9 record, suffering defeat three times in finals to Djokovic Down Under, and knowing his opponent was on a 20 match winning streak in Slams.

The 80 minute second set began with Murray starting to dictate more of the points, holding a brutal 12 minute service game and attacking the No.1 seed.

After swapping breaks en route to 5-5, Djokovic played five of the best points of the tournament in a row to somehow break Murray from 0-40 down.

A nervy hold followed to head into a two set lead and with him only ever losing once from two sets to love up in 172 attempts, it looked a long way back for the Brit.

When Djokovic broke and lead 3-1 in the third it looked an even tougher task but Murray was nowhere near finished, roaring back to level at 3-3.

Andy MurraySix holds then materialised with both players covering every inch of the court and producing some lethal shots when under pressure.

The set would be decided by a tie-break and two double faults from Murray gave him an uphill battle as he trailed 6-1.

And Djokovic wasted little time in winning third consecutive Grand Slam and 11th overall with an ace down the centre to end the near three hour contest. 

Murray said: “I’d like to congratulate Novak and his team. Six titles is an incredible feat and also for what he has done the last year or so.

“I would also like to thank my team. It has been a tough few weeks for me away from the court so I would like to thank them for their support with that.

“Lastly, thank you to my wife Kim, who is watching back home. You have been a legend the last two weeks, thank you so much for all your support and I will be on the next flight home!”

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