Novak Djokovic Defeated Andy Murray in Straight Sets to Win His Sixth Australian Open Title.

Andy Murray's hopes of a maiden Australian Open title were once again dashed by Novak Djokovic as the world No 1 won a record-equalling sixth Melbourne title on Sunday.

Djokovic successfully defended his crown in his fifth consecutive Grand Slam final after pipping Murray to the title for a fourth time and fifth overall with a commanding 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) victory on Rod Laver Arena.

Victory helped the 28-year-old claim his 11th Grand Slam title and join Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on the all-time list - and inch closer to Roger Federer's record of 17.

He also equalled the tally of Australia's Roy Emerson, who won the tournament six times between 1961 and 1967, an achievement that has gone unmatched in the 49 years since - until Sunday.

The dominant Serb also extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 21 matches, and has not lost a match at the majors since he was defeated by Stan Wawrinka in last year's French Open final at Roland Garros.

"I feel like I've been here before," Murray said in his on-court speech.

"First, I'd like to congratulate Novak. Six Australian Opens is an incredible feat and also what he's done in the last year or so has been incredible consistency, so well done to him and all of his team."

Welling up, Murray added: "And to my wife Kim, I'm sure she's going to be watching back home just now. You've been a legend the last few weeks, thank you for your support and I'll be on the next flight home."

Despite facing an early break point in his opening service, Djokovic soon found his rhythm and broke Murray's serve twice to claim the opening set in 30 minutes.

It took the British No 1 until the sixth game to hit his first winner and he survived four break points to hold serve in a marathon 12-minute third game.

But Djokovic gained another psychological breakthrough with a service break in the seventh game.

Sourced- Skysports


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