MELBOURNE – Denied this championship twelve months ago for the first time in four years, Novak Djokovic reclaimed the Australian Open title Sunday night, a 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 winner over the No. 6 seed Andy Murray.
It’s the fifth Australian Open triumph for the 27-year-old Serbian and his eighth Grand Slam overall.
Djokovic has established himself as the premier men’s tennis player on the hard courts Down Under, having walked away with the Norman Brookes trophy in 2008, 2011-13 and again this year. His perfect 5-0 record in Australian Open finals is in stark contrast to Murray’s 0-4 mark, including a third defeat for the Briton at the hands of Djokovic.
Djokovic, who lost at the quarterfinal stage to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka a year ago, is 26-2 since losing in the semifinals of the US Open in September. He’ll stay safely atop the ATP World Tour rankings to be released Monday, as Murray will climb to No. 4.
Roger Federer was considered alongside Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka as a favorite for this title at this tournament’s outset, but the 17-time major champion was shocked in the third round by Italian journeyman Andreas Seppi.
Rafael Nadal, the No. 3 seed, lost in the quarterfinals to No. 7 Tomas Berdych, the Spaniard continuing to make his way back from a wrist injury and appendix surgery late last season.
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