Novak Djokovic vanquished Andy Murray for the fourth time in an Australian Open last on Sunday to win a record-equalling sixth title and serve discover to his rivals that he might surpass even his stellar 2015 this yr.
The Serbian’s fifth crown in six years on his favorite courtroom not solely allowed him to match Roy Emerson’s report Australian Open tally but in addition introduced him degree with Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on 11 grand slam titles.
He has gained 4 of the final 5 slams, 38 of his final 39 matches, and at this price Roger Federer’s report 17 is inside vary of the 28-year-old.
Though world quantity two Murray battled arduous after dropping the opening 5 video games within the blink of an eye fixed, the dominant method of Sunday’s 6-1 7-5 7-6(three) victory vindicated Djokovic’s opinion that he was on the zenith of his powers.
“There isn’t any doubt I am enjoying the most effective tennis of my life during the last 15 months,” the 28-year-old, who topped the ATP rankings for the entire of 2015, stated.
“I do really feel that I am on the peak of my talents and my profession. I do not take into consideration limiting my ambitions or what I’d be capable of obtain.”
For Murray, distracted on his 11th go to to Melbourne Park by the sickness of his father-in-law and the approaching arrival of his first youngster, a dispiriting night time ended up with a report of the incorrect type.
The Briton’s defeat was his fifth in 5 finals on the Australian Open. Solely his former coach Ivan Lendl has misplaced as many at one grand slam and he a minimum of wedged three U.S. Open titles in between the defeats.
Murray gave it every part he had within the two-hour, 53-minute baseline battle that was compelling viewing all through an engrossing and pivotal 80-minute second set.
He was solely capable of delay the inevitable although.
“Rather a lot’s been happening,” twice grand slam champion Murray, who was catching the primary flight house, informed reporters.
“I began the final couple of matches fairly slowly, comprehensible in some respects.
“Clearly it isn’t good to start matches like that towards somebody like Novak. However I am pleased with the best way I fought and managed to get myself again into the match.
“Now I simply need to get house.”
Djokovic reprised the 2 units of flawless tennis he performed in his semi-final towards Roger Federer to race to a 5-Zero lead in simply 19 minutes.
Murray contributed to his downfall, a double-fault handed his first service recreation to his opponent, however the depth and accuracy of Djokovic’s groundstrokes had the Scot chasing shadows on the Rod Laver Area.
To his credit score Murray, who beat Djokovic to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon titles and doubtless would have claimed a number of extra however for the Serb, rose to the problem.
He had possibilities too. He was 5-5 40-Zero forward within the second set with Djokovic beneath strain earlier than he got here off second greatest in a spellbinding 36-stroke rally as Djokovic roared again to interrupt earlier than clinching a two-set lead regardless of two double faults.
Murray even fought again from 2-Zero down within the third, however his resistance snapped within the tiebreak and Djokovic fired down his seventh ace to safe victory.
“Each grand slam title could be very vital in its personal method,” Djokovic stated. “Right here, I managed to make historical past tonight and equal Roy Emerson’s six Australian Open titles.
“I am honoured to be talked about alongside legends of our sport.”
Whereas Emerson’s triumphs got here within the pre-professional period of the 1960s when few gamers from the remainder of the world made the lengthy journey Down Underneath, Djokovic’s dominance is worldwide.
He gained 11 titles together with three of the 4 majors final yr and already has a 12-Zero report this season, having thrashed the opposite members of the “Massive 4” — Rafa Nadal, Federer and Murray — to win in Doha and Melbourne.
Solely Australian Laver, who was on the courtroom named after him watching the ultimate, has managed to win all 4 grand slams in a single yr and Djokovic must break his Roland Garros duck to match the feat and make extra historical past.
He stated he thought he was getting nearer to profitable the French Open title each time he performed the claycourt grand slam however had discovered to not assume too far forward.
“(I am) very hungry (for Paris),” he concluded. “However the wolf must eat a number of totally different meals to get to Paris. Paris is a dessert.”
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