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Unstoppable Djokovic swats aside Murray to win 6th Australian Open title

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Andy Murray's wait for a maiden Australian Open title will need to wait for another year as the Briton went down in a final for the fifth time in his career, being comfortably beaten by world no.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3).

Djokovic's win saw him clinch his 11th Grand Slam title and 6th Australian Open crown, beating a visibly shattered Murray in the final on four of those occasions. A 6th triumph in Melbourne takes Djokovic level with the great Roy Emerson at the top of heap in the record books, not to mention going level with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver in terms of Grand Slam trophies in his cabinet.

The match itself failed to live up to the hype of the two best players in the world battling each other with Djokovic starting off exactly as he did against Roger Federer in the semi-final racing away to a 5-0 lead en route to taking the opening set 6-1. Murray did have a break point in the opening game of the match, but Djokovic saw it off with a backhand winner, and then went on to obliterate his opponent in the first set.

The second set was a lot more competitive, though Djokovic was guilty of letting Murray back into the match on multiple occasions. Murray held serve in the third game after saving a clutch of break points, before being broken in the seventh game. A poor game from Djokovic though allowed Murray to break right back before Djokovic wasted more break points in the 9th game as Murray held for a 5-4 lead.

Djokovic held serve comfortably enough and this time did break the Murray serve, rather amazingly battling back from 40-0 down to rattle off 5 points in a row and take a 6-5 lead.

Djokovic though had gone off the boil on his own serve and Murray had a look-in as a pair of double faults from the Serb gifted Murray a break back point in the 12th game. It wasn't to be though for the Brit as Djokovic found some consistency when he needed it and Murray made some poor errors allowing the Serb to open up a 2 sets to love lead.

The match appeared to be dead and buried when Djokovic broke Murray's serve in the opening game of the third set, but Djokovic was continuing to play within himself, not going for the big shots unless absolutely necessary, and Murray's need to pull out the big guns meant that he was always in with a chance on the Djokovic serve.

Djokovic saved a break point in the fourth game to keep himself in front, but Murray took his chance in the 6th game to breathe new life into this match and bring the set back on serve.

Murray improved as the set wore on and looked threatening on the Djokovic serve, but couldn't prevent the set from making its way into a tiebreak.

Unfortunately for Murray, he opened the breaker with a double fault, and Djokovic rubbed salt in the wounds with an ace. Novak eased his way to a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak and eventually sealed the win on his third championship point, writing his name into the record books.

Credit to Murray, opening his post match speech with a joke, "I feel like I've been here before."

The reigning Olympic Champion though broke down in tears shortly promising his pregnant wife to be on the first flight home. He said, "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."

Djokovic meanwhile was his professional best in his post match address, saying, "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."

Like Murray, Djokovic also paid his respects to the legends in attendance and to 79 year old Roy Emerson, whose record 6 Australian Open triumphs he equaled tonight. Djokovic will be hoping to join Emerson on 12 Grand Slam singles titles later this year, preferably by winning his first French Open crown.

Australian Open Men's Singles Final

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. [2] Andy Murray (GBR) 61 75 76(3)