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Australian Open final: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in three sets to claim another title

ABC GrandstandABC Grandstand 31/01/2016

Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open title for a sixth time, beating Andy Murray in straight sets at Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic triumphed 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) to equal Roy Emerson's record of six Australian singles titles, in a two-hour-and-51-minute victory over Murray on Sunday night.

Djokovic was fastest out the blocks in the first set, nearly earning a bagel against Murray before the Scotsman held serve late-on, ultimately winning it 6-1 inside 30 minutes.

The second set was a different beast entirely, degenerating into an 80-minute war of attrition with long spells of holding serve before exchanging breaks in quick succession. Djokovic earned the break that counted in the 11th game before seeing it through 7-5 to avoid a tie-break.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the Australian Open final. © REUTERS/Brandon Malone Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the Australian Open final. Djokovic, winning his 11th grand slam of his career, raced away in the third set, breaking Murray's serve early before Murray fought back with a break of his own.

It came down to a tie-break in the final set, with Djokovic rediscovering his mojo to streak away to a 7-3 win in the decider and take home a record-equalling Australian title.

"I need to pay respects to Andy and his team for having another great tournament. Tough match, tough luck tonight, Andy. You are a great champion. A great friend, a great person, who is very professional, and very committed to this sport," said Djokovic, who went level with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver with his 11th grand slam title.

"I want to thank my team. You know, each time we play in a grand slam, it is a very unique kind of feeling, a very unique kind of circumstance, where all of us have to breathe as one.

"We all need to live each day with a purpose, with a goal. We have been here three weeks, hoping that we can get to this point and win this trophy. So thank you. I love you guys, thank you for your support."

An emotional Murray congratulated Djokovic for equalling the Australian Open titles record.

"Six Australian Open titles is an incredible feat. Also for what he has done in the last year, it has been incredible consistency," Murray said at the post-match presentation.

"Sorry I couldn't get it done tonight, but I appreciate all of your support for the last couple of weeks. It has been a tough few weeks for me.

"Finally, to my wife Kim ... she is going to be watching back home just now. You have been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all of your support. I will be on the next flight home."

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