Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win sixth Australian Open title
Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in straight sets on Sunday to claim his sixth Australian Open title.
Djokovic's 6–1, 7–5, 7–6(3) victory in just under three hours marks his 11th Grand Slam title and his second consecutive title in Melbourne.
The world No. 1 quickly seized control of the match, winning the first five games before Murray won his first. After a close second set, Djokovic went up an early break in the third, but Murray rallied and forced a tiebreaker.
Djokovic's victory improves his record against Murray to 22–9, including a 5–0 mark in Melbourne.
On his way to the final, Djokovic beat No. 7 Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Roger Federer in the semifinals, both in straight sets. His toughest match of the tournament was in the fourth round against No. 14 Gilles Simon, who took the Serb to five sets.
Djokovic has won four of the last five Grand Slam events. Djokovic's 11th Grand Slam title pushes him ahead of Bill Tilden and levels him with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver for fifth on the all–time list.
Djokovic's sixth title at the Australian Open also ties Roy Emerson's all–time record.
- Stanley Kay