2013 Tennis Australian Open winner
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013
Melbourne, Australia© AFP/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic celebrates winning the 2013 Australian Open title.
Top seed Novak Djokovic became just the third man in tennis history to win three straight Australian Open titles on Sunday with a 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2 victory over third seed Andy Murray.
Djokovic also joined Andre Agassi (1995, 2000-01, 2003) and Roger Federer (2004, 2006-07, 2010) as a four-time winner in the Open Era. Murray, who is seven days older than Djokovic, also lost in the final in 2010 (l. to Federer) and 2011 (l. to Djokovic).
Djokovic now leads Murray 11-7 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
Read ATPWorldTour.com's analysis of how the final was won.
Murray did not drop a point in his first two service games; while Djokovic's aggressive game meant his unforced error count steadily increased. In the sixth game, Murray failed to hit first serves into court on four occasions and slipped to 15/40. The Scot recovered and saved a further two break points – including mini mental victories in 24 and 32-stroke rallies – before levelling at 3-3. Murray found himself under pressure at 3-4, when he saved a break point at 30/40 with a forehand approach, drive volley winning combination. After 59 minutes of play, the set was decided on a tie-break. Djokovic lost his composure early on, committing three groundstroke errors as Murray took a 4-0 lead. Murray went onto lead 6-1 and clinched his second set point opportunity when Djokovic hit his 25th unforced error to end the 68-minute opener.