Novak Djokovic wins Australian Open

Serb becomes first man to win three successive Australian Open titles

  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a return during his men's singles final against Britain's Andy Murra Image Credit: AFP
  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds his trophy after defeating Britain's Andy Murray in the men's final Image Credit: AP
  • Britain's Andy Murray plays a return during his men's singles final against Serbia's Novak Djokovi Image Credit: AFP
  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic (left) poses with the winners trophy after his victory over Britain's Andy Mur Image Credit: AFP
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Melbourne: Novak Djokovic became the first man to win three successive Australian Open titles in the professional era when he beat third-seed Andy Murray 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 in a battle of attrition on Sunday.

The Serb, who has now won four of his six grand slam titles in Melbourne, managed to win the important points as the Briton suffered from blisters on his right foot and problems at the top of his left hamstring.

Both players produced superb service games throughout the match with Djokovic the first to achieve a break in the eighth game of the third set, propelling him to the brink of the title after the pair had shared tiebreaks in the first two sets.

Djokovic then capitalised on a flagging Murray, who had battled to a five-set win over Roger Federer on Friday, breaking early in the fourth set and then holding on to clinch the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for the fourth time.

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