Novak Djokovic Defeats Andy Murray, Wins Third Straight Australian Open
Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup in the early hours of January 28, 2013 after winning his men's final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day fourteen of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in four sets, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 in Sunday's Australian Open final, becoming the only man in the Open era to win three-consecutive tournament titles.
Win the victory, he 25-year-old Djokovic extended his win streak at the Australian Open to 21 matches, and secured his fourth Open championship, as well as his sixth major title.
Djokovic and Murray split the first two sets, each in tie-breakers, after the two players held serve throughout the opening two sets.
There were no service breaks until Djokovic finally broke Murray in the eighth game of the third set, and then held his serve to win the set, 6-3.
Djokovic went up two more service breaks in the fourth set, and went on the win the set, 6-2, and the tournament title.
The win in the 3 hour-40 minute match secured Djokovic's spot as the top player in the world, and put Djokovic in a small group consisting of Jack Crawford (1931-33) and Roy Emerson (1963-67) as the only men to have won three or more consecutive Australian championships.
Djokovic has now won 35 career tournament titles, to go along with his six major titles, which include four Australian Opens (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013), one Wimbledon (2011), and one U.S. Open (2011).
For Murray, who won the gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games, it's his fourth loss in five major finals, having won the 2012 U.S. Open, with loses in the finals of three Australian Opens (2010, 2011, and 2013), and one Wimbledon (2012).