World number one Novak Djokovic has created history as he claimed an unprecedented sixth Australian Open title following taking out the 2016 Australian Open Men’s Singles Final against good friend and Scot Andy Murray in Melbourne on Sunday night.
In a contest which lasted just under three hours Djokovic maintained his claim as the greatest male player on the planet following a hard fought three set 6-1 7-5 7-6 victory over Murray in front of a packed crowd at Rod Laver Arena.
Djokovic who had previously won the title at Melbourne Park on five separate occasions, including five of the last six titles made it a perfect six title from the sixth final he has competed in at the year’s first grand slam.
The Serbian, who now takes his grand slam career tally to 11 once again had the better of Murray as he not only took his career record against the Scot to 22-9 but beat him for the fourth time in a final at the same grand slam.
Djokovic, who has now won 11 of the past 12 meetings against Murray, started brilliantly as he crushed the Scot in the first set before the two-time grand slam champion fought his way back in the second and third sets.
“I was very aggressive and just played the way I wanted to play against him, and executed the game plan perfectly for a set and a half,” said Djokovic afterwards. “I made a break in the second. I felt he was pretty neutral from the back of the court and was allowing me to take a charge and control over the rallies. I had more time.”
“Then he started serving better. He came back to the match. The second set was decided in a few points, as it was the third. I thought I maybe could have done better in my service games when I was up a break both sets, second and third, but credit to him for fighting and showing why he’s one of the best in the world.”
Murray, who was coming off the back of a marathon semi-final contest against Milos Raonic and had some off court issues as well started off sluggishly but come back in the game during what was a physical and brutal battle in the second and third sets.
However every time it looked as though Murray would finally get in front his opponent would produce something special and Djokovic finally broke the Scot then held serve at the end of the second set.
It seemed as though the match would end pretty quickly when Djokovic broke Murray in the first game of the third set and then held serve.
But to the Scot’s credit he fought back to send the game into a tiebreak where the Serbian proved why he is considered the best player on the planet.
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