When Novak Djokovic gets to the final of the Australian Open final, he wins it. When he takes the first set against Andy Murray, he wins it. Both of those familiar scenarios played out in the 2015 edition of the season’s first major, and, in a sad denouement, there was little the Scot could do to stop a player who could remain No 1 in the world for the rest of the year, perhaps longer.
Djokovic won his fifth title on the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night, embarrassing Murray at the end of a match that was always enthralling, mostly terrific but occasionally awful over three hours and 39 minutes.
The Serb owns Melbourne and, for now, he owns Murray, who moves from No6 to No4 in the rankings but would have slotted in at No3 had he won.
Djokovic won 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0, but, of the 24 matches and five grand slam deciders they have now played against each other over nearly nine years (Djokovic leads 16-8 overall, 3-2 in slam finals), few can have featured as much simultaneous gold and dross as this final, idiocy following excellence like a lost puppy.
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Murray blew more important points than Djokovic, especially in the third set, and at the end, he was beating himself up as much as the Serb was.
The Scot was spent and disappointed that the sometimes brilliant tennis he had rediscovered over the past fortnight deserted him at precisely the wrong time. Yet, as is increasingly the case as he comes to terms with the vagaries of his sport, Murray found the right words to put it in context… see more
source: Guardian UK