MELBOURNE, Australia Top-ranked Novak Djokovic maintained his perfect streak in six Australian Open finals with a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory over Andy Murray on Sunday night, equaling Roy Emerson’s record for Australian titles.
Murray, on the other hand, continued his unwanted streak, too, slumping to 0-5 in Australian Open finals.
“First of all I need to pay the respect to Andy,” Djokovic said. “Tough match, tough luck tonight.
“You’re a great champion, great friend, very committed to this sport. I’m sure in the future you’re going to have many opportunities.”
Fans proudly hold Serbia’s flag after Novak Djokovic’s victory over Andy Murray in Australian Open final.
The 28-year-old Murray had his share of distractions in Australia. His wife, Kim, is due to have their first child in February and stayed in Britain. Kim’s father, Nigel Sears, traveled to Australia as coach for Ana Ivanovic, and had to be rushed to hospital by ambulance while Murray was on court in his third-round match. Nigel Sears spent a night in a nearby hospital last weekend but was well enough to return home, which meant Murray could stay in Australia and try to refocus on winning the title.
“It’s been a tough few weeks for me away from the court,” Murray said in his on-court speech, thanking his support team before turning his attention to his wife.
“You’ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all your support,” he said, choking back tears and waving as he walked away from the microphone. “I’ll be on the next flight home.”
“I never experienced this much crowd and this much love,” Djokovic said, before waving to his fans. “It’s an incredible feeling especially because of the fact that I managed to make history tonight, and equal Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Opens, that’s why this trophy is even more.”
Two-time major winner Murray, meanwhile, became only the second man to lose five finals at one major Ivan Lendl lost five and won three U.S. Open finals in the 1980s.
Djokovic had won 10 of his previous 11 matches against Murray and was 21-9 in their career meetings including four finals at the Australian Open.
Again, he was just too good.
Djokovic broke to take a 2-0 lead and, after he’d hit a perfectly placed drop shot, a fan yelled: “Give him a chance Novak!”
He didn’t, racing to a 5-0 lead and serving out the first set in 30 minutes.
The second set contained long rallies and plenty of tension. Murray was yelling at himself and swiping his racket in anger, and Djokovic waved his racket in frustration as well.