Novak Djokovic wins Australian Open for the fifth time
The World No.1, Novak Djokovic won Australian Open for the fifth time in his career and became the first man in Open Era to have achieved that. He has 100 percent success at this tournament with five finals and five victories in them. Three of them were against Andy Murray including the last one, who is the first tennis player that failed to use at least one of four finals at Australia Open. Novak beat him in four sets after 3 hours and 39 minutes. The first two sets were dramatic and ended with tie-breaks, while the fourth set finished with superior clear victory (7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0).
Novak Djokovic didn't play his best tennis on this match. His first serves was worse than usual, but compensated that with better second serves. He had more winners and less unforced errors than Murray. We saw 14 breaks during the match which made it dramatic and interesting for watching. Novak used 9 break points from 16, while Murray had only 5 breaks. Djokovic overcame a hand injury, an ankle problem and physical issues during the second set. That had influence on his mental strength and on results too. Murray admitted he had been distracted by the Serb's apparent physical issues and foxing injury. Djokovic said after the final:
"I'm honored to be standing here as a champion for a fifth time. It's normal to expect that you can't always be at your 100 per cent, so you go through some particular moments that you can call crises during matches like these. This is what I had in these 15, 20 minutes. After that I felt better. I just felt very exhausted and I needed some time to regroup and recharge and get back on track. That's what I've done."
This trophy was 49th career singles title for Novak Djokovic and eighth Grand Slam trophy. He equalized with Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi on the Open Era Grand Slam titles list. Roger Federer is first on that list with 17 titles. The tennis legend Roy Emerson had six trophies at Australia Open from the sixties (1961, 1963 to 1967) and hold the record on this tournament. Djokovic also said:
"I think the willpower I had on the court today took me to where I am now. Winning the eighth Grand Slam title and being mentioned in the elite group of legends in our sport is a huge privilege and honor. I can’t say how proud I am. It’s going to serve definitely as a great deal of inspiration for the rest of my career."
Novak Djokovic keep the first position on ATP list, while the disappointed Murray move up on the fourth position. For sure the battle between them will continue in this season.
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