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Novak Djokovic takes his fifth Australian Open title

World No.1 Novak Djokovic takes his fifth Australian Open title, winning a war of attrition over Scot Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 on Sunday night.
Often scintillating, occasionally stumbling and ultimately surging away with the victory, Novak Djokovic secured a record-breaking fifth Australian Open crown with a hard-fought 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 win over Andy Murray, the Scot beaten for the fourth time in the past six years in the final at Melbourne Park.

The world No.1 now stands alone as the most decorated Australian Open champion of the Open era, surpassing Andre Agassi and Roger Federer’s quartet of titles. Only Roy Emerson, with six, stands above him in the men’s all-time records, while he draws level with Agassi, Jimmy Connors,
 
Often scintillating, occasionally stumbling and ultimately surging away with the victory, Novak Djokovic secured a record-breaking fifth Australian Open crown with a hard-fought 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 win over Andy Murray, the Scot beaten for the fourth time in the past six years in the final at Melbourne Park.

The world No.1 now stands alone as the most decorated Australian Open champion of the Open era, surpassing Andre Agassi and Roger Federer’s quartet of titles. Only Roy Emerson, with six, stands above him in the men’s all-time records, while he draws level with Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall after winning his eighth Grand Slam crown, and first as a father.
“I wish you and (fiancĂ©) Kim (Sears) many kids,” Djokovic said during his tribute to Murray in the trophy ceremony, before thanking coach Boris Becker and his entourage: “They sacrifice their lives in order for me to be out here. Without their support, this wouldn't be possible.”
A tetchy, snarling Murray pushed the world No.1 for the first three hours of an intense finale, their fifth major title match and third in Melbourne. The 27-year-old duo, born a week apart, drew the best from one another for long spells, splitting two marathon sets littered with extended rallies, breathtaking angles and gut-busting court coverage.
Both men fought their demons on Rod Laver Arena. Djokovic battled a scuffed hand and a confounding problem with his left ankle, tripping and slipping early in the second and third sets before suddenly springing back to action.
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