MELBOURNE (Sporting Alert) — World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has defeated Andy Murray to claim another Australian Open title at the Melborne Park on Sunday.
Djokovic came into the contest as the pre-favourite, and the Serbian backed that up with some excellent plays on his way to beating Murray in four sets and win his third successive Australian Open crown.
The top seed rebounded from a set down to win the title with a 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 result. Djokovic, with the win, also avenged the defeat he suffered against Murray in last year’s US Open final.
“I have to thank Andy for his kind words,” Djokovic said.
“We have played so many thrilling matches over the last few years. Bad luck tonight and I wish you luck for the rest of the season.
“What a joy. It’s an incredible feeling winning this trophy again. It’s definitely my favourite grand slam, my most successful grand slam. I love this court.”
Murray came into the game full of confidence, but the Great Britain star was graceful in his defeat, as he suffered a fifth Grand Slam final loss.
“I would like to congratulate Novak. His record here is incredible. Very few people have managed to do what he has done here. He is a very well-deserved champion,” he said.
“To his team… I know you can’t do this on your own and he has great people around him.
“I’d like to thank my team – they’ve done a great job with me.”
The Briton who won the Olympic title in London last August had hoped to rediscover his late season form, which also saw him beating Djokovic in New York weeks later.
That, however, was never to be and Murray suffered his third defeat in four years at the Australian Open.