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5th Aussie Open title for Djokovic

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and his eighth career Grand Slam while extending Andy Murray’s misery at Melbourne Park.

Djokovic beat Murray 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in Sunday’s final, relegating the Scotsman to runner-up status for the fourth time in four tries in the Australian Open final. Murray had lost twice previously to Djokovic – in 2011 and 2013 – and to Roger Federer in 2010.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic, meanwhile, is a perfect 5-for-5 in Australian Open finals.

“There were a lot of turning points in the match,” Djokovic said. “Regardless of the record I have here, we both knew we had equal chances to win. It was a cat-and-mouse fight, it always is with us.”

Murray sat slumped over in his chair after the match, awaiting the presentations, and once again received the runner-up plate instead of the trophy.

“It’s been my most consistent Grand Slam of my career. I haven’t been quite able to win, but the support I’ve received here has been amazing,” Murray said. “I’ll try and come back next year and hopefully have a slightly different outcome in the final.”

Road to the Final

Novak Djokovic (1)

First Round — def. Aljaz Bedene, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Second Round — def. Andrey Kuznetsov, 6-0, 6-1, 6-4.

Third Round — def. Fernando Verdasco (31), 7-6 (8), 6-3, 6-4.

Fourth Round — def. Gilles Muller, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5.

Quarter-finals — def. Milos Raonic (8), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2.

Semi-finals — def. Stan Wawrinka (4), 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

Championship — def. Andy Murray (6) 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0.

Andy Murray (6)

First Round — def. Yuki Bhambri, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Second Round — def. Marinko Matosevic, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

Third Round — def. Joao Sousa, 6-1, 6-1, 7-5.

Fourth Round — def. Grigor Dimitrov (10), 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5.

Quarter-finals — def. Nick Kyrgios, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Semi-finals — def. Tomas Berdych (7), 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

Championship — lost to Novak Djokovic (1) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 3-6, 0-6.

 

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