Djokovic wins record 6th Australian Open title as emotional Murray loses in straight sets

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World number 1 Novak Djokovic won his record six Australian Open finals by defeating the British Andy Murray in straight sets 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3). With this defeat, Andy Murray the league of those tennis greats who have been consigned to a fifth defeat in championship deciders at Melbourne Park. Before Murray achieved this infamous feat, his former coach Ivan Lendl was another player to have lost five finals in the 1980s.

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On the other hand, Djokovic equaled Roy Emerson’s long-standing record of six Australian Open titles while he also increased his career haul to 11 Grand Slam titles to join Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg at No. 5 on the all-time list.

“First of all I need to pay the respect to Andy and his team. Tough match, tough luck tonight,” Djokovic said. “You’re a great champion, great friend, very committed to this sport. I’m sure in the future you’re going to have many opportunities,” Djokovic was quoted by news agency AP.

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During the championships, Murray had to go through few distractions as he left his heavily pregnant wife Kim back home and his father-in-law being rushed to hospital by ambulance during the tournament.

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Murray acknowledged this after his defeat. He said, “It’s been a tough few weeks for me away from the court.”

Murray was in tears as he thanked his fans, “You’ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all your support. I’ll be on the next flight home.”

 

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