Novak Djokovic continues his dream run in the world of Tennis clinching his 5th Australian Open title in a narrow span of Eight years. World No. 1 Djokovic became the first man to achieve this feet in the Open Era surpassing Andre Agassi and Roger Federer. Only Roy Emerson, with six, stands above him in the all-time records. Novak Djokovic secured a hard-fought 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 victory over World No. 6 Andy Murray; the Scotsman’s misery extended as he got beaten for the fourth time in a title match.
A bad-tempered, snarling Murray pushed the World No.1 for the first three hours of a dramatic finale, drawing the best from one another in the 72-minute opening set followed by 80-minute second. The Scot appeared to have wrestled control of the match away from Djokovic early in the third, but he hit back from 2-0 down to win 12 of the next 13 games in double-quick time, sealing victory on his second match point in 3 hours and 39 minutes.
At the end of the match, Djokovic threw his racket into the crowd at Melbourne Park.
Roy Emerson, who won six Australian titles in the Amateur era, was in the crowd and Djokovic acknowledged the presence of the former champion.
“I’m so grateful to be standing here as a champion for the fifth time, and to be in the elite group of players— Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and all the legends of our sport,” Djokovic said.
After praising his opponent for a strong showing down-under, Djokovic shifted to off-court matters, congratulating Murray on his recent engagement and upcoming marriage to longtime girlfriend Kim Sears.
“It’s slightly different thinking for me now that I am a father and a husband,” said the smiling eight-time Grand Slam champion. “So I apologize for changing the subject.”
Indeed, Djokovic had a notable 2014. In addition to winning seven titles, including Wimbledon and the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, he tied the knot with Jelena Ristic and welcomed a son, Stefan.
“I think (this victory) has deeper meaning, more intrinsic value now to my life because I’m a father and a husband,” he said after the match.
Andy Murray acknowledging the support from his fans said, “I had amazing support again here. 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. I’ll try and come back next year and hopefully have a slightly different outcome in the final.”
Although Djokovic had some niggle to this right thumb but that didn’t affect his game. Djokovic broke Murray’s serve in the eighth game of the third set, winning four straight points; prompting the Scottish player to throw his racket and yell repeatedly into his towel. It was a mental win as well for Djokovic.
After winning the 3rd set comprehensively, it was no coming back for Murray. Djokovic played a clinical last set to ensure that he achieves another milestone in his career. To conclude, I believe that his real test will be when he faces a “fully-fit” Rafael Nadal, who has just recovered from an injury.