Novak Djokovic came back from a set down in the final to retain his title at Melbourne Park on Sunday evening with a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 victory over Andy Murray in three hours and 40 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
Novak captured his 35th career trophy and sixth Grand Slam championship (tied with Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg).
Novak and Andy were unable to get a break of serve in the first two sets that lasted 2:13, the difference may have hinged on something as light as a feather. Djokovic had five break-point chances in the opening set, including four after having Murray at 0-40 in the seventh game, but wasn’t able to convert any of them. Then he surrendered the tiebreaker with six unforced errors.
Murray held serve to open the second set and had three break points at 0-40 in the second game, but Djokovic dug himself out of trouble and held. Preparing for a second serve at 2-2 in the second set tiebreaker, Murray was rocking back about to toss the ball when he stopped, paused and then walked onto the court and tried to grab a small white feather that was floating in his view. He went back to the baseline, bounced the ball another eight times and served too long. After being called for a double-fault, Murray knocked the ball away in anger and flung his arm down. He didn’t get close for the rest of the tiebreaker
“After that I felt just mentally a little bit lighter and more confident on the court than I’ve done in the first hour or so,” Djokovic said. “I was serving better against him today in the first two sets than I’ve done in any of the match in the last two years.”
Andy was the first to drop serve in the match — in the eighth game of the third set. Djokovic broke him twice in the fourth set, which by then had turned into an easy march to victory.
“It was strange,” said Djokovic, adding that it swung the momentum his way. “It obviously did. … He made a crucial double-fault.”
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“What a joy,” Novak said in an on-court interview. “Winning it three in a row, it’s incredible,”. “It’s very thrilling. I’m full of joy right now. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season, that’s for sure.” “It’s an incredible feeling winning this trophy once more. It’s definitely my favourite Grand Slam and my most successful. I love this court. I’d like to congratulate Andy and his team for a great two weeks. We’ve played so many important matches in the past few years and I hope there are many more to come.”
“He’s a legend of the sport. He had so much success, he won Olympic gold medal, Grand Slams. It was a pleasure and honor for me to receive the trophy from him.” Nole said about Agassi.