Djokovic Trumps Murray For Fourth AO Title

Nole lifts AO13

Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray to retain the Australian Open once again. His hat trick of titles here also made him a 6 time Grand Slam champion. By winning his fourth Aussie Open, he matched the feats of Roger Federer and Andre Agassi. In the end, it was a convincing victory for the Serbian as he won 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2.

It wasn’t the most thrilling final but compared to the error and break strewn women’s final yesterday, this was much better. Novak started off better and was constantly pushing Murray who didn’t have the same potency on his serve that he had in his semi against Federer. He fended off break points to force the tie breaker. Then against the momentum so far, he pretty much ran away with the breaker and took the opening set.

The Scot was in command now and the world number one was increasing getting frustrated. At one point, Djokovic even resorted to kicking a ball out of the court. Murray had multiple chances to break in the second game but Nole hung on. Both players held serve and the set went to a tie breaker. This time Djokovic led all the way and took it 7-3. The match was tied now.

During the sit down, Murray’s battered and blistered leg was shown. It wasn’t a pretty sight but it is a testament to his style of play. Novak stepped up his level and finally the first break of the match came after 2hours and 50 mins! Murray lost serve in the 8th game and lost the set 6-3.

By then he looked spent and Djokovic was just turning it on and tightening the screws. He broke Muzz twice and served it out easily to claim his fourth Australian Open title.

I had Djokovic as the favourite for the title and he won as expected. It is almost as if this surface was made as per Nole’s specifications. He looks utterly comfortable out there. As for Murray, my doubts about him haven’t gone away after this final. Can he bring out the aggressiveness in him when it matters like he did against Federer in that semi? He is yet to do that in a slam final (his US Open triumph had a lot to do with the wind) but is undeniably improving. Unfortunately for him, Novak Djokovic is another level above him and the Scot needs to improve even further if he wants to book his place among the all time greats of the game.

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