Andy Murray suffered more Melbourne misery as Novak Djokovic beat him in four sets to win a record fifth Australian Open title on Sunday.
The Serbian’s 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-0 win means that Murray has now lost his sixth Grand Slam final – four in this tournament – to the world No. 1.
It marked Djokovic’s eighth career Grand Slam title in 15 major finals. He’s also the reigning Wimbledon champion.
The Serbian won 11 of the final 12 games, including nine in a row to seal the victory in Melbourne. The match ended when Murray netted one final backhand.
Capturing his first Grand Slam title since becoming a father, the elated Djokovic said “it’s slightly different thinking for me now since I became a father and a husband.”
Murray said the Aussie has been “the most consistent major of my career, but I just haven’t been able to win it.”
Djokovic now has 50 career match wins at the Aussie, where only Roger Federer (75-12) and Stefan Edberg (56-10) have secured more victories at this hard court major in the open era.
The 27-year-old Serbian claimed a first-place cheque worth $2.4 million, while Murray settled for $1.2 million as the runners-up.