Djokovic back as Aussie king
(Associated Press) - January 31, 2016 - 9:00am

MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic maintained his perfect streak in six Australian Open finals with a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory Sunday that consigned Andy Murray to a fifth defeat in championship deciders at Melbourne Park.

Djokovic equaled Roy Emerson’s long-standing record of six Australian Open titles and increased his career haul to 11 Grand Slam titles, including four of the last five, to join Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg at No. 5 on the all-time list.

“First of all I need to pay the respect to Andy and his team. Tough match, tough luck tonight,” Djokovic said. “You’re a great champion, great friend, very committed to this sport. I’m sure in the future you’re going to have many opportunities.”

Murray became only the second man to lose five finals at one major – Ivan Lendl lost five and won three US Open finals in the 1980s.

The 28-year-old Murray had his share of distractions, leaving his pregnant wife in Britain – their first child is due in February – and his father-in-law being rushed to hospital by ambulance during the tournament.

“It’s been a tough few weeks for me away from the court,” Murray said, thanking his support team before turning his attention to his wife, Kim.

“You’ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all your support,” Murray said, choking back tears. “I’ll be on the next flight home.”

Djokovic had won 10 of his previous 11 matches against Murray and was 21-9 in their career meetings – including four finals at the Australian Open.

Again, he was just too good.

The top-ranked Djokovic broke to take a 2-0 lead and, after he’d hit a perfectly placed drop shot, a fan yelled: “Give him a chance Novak!”

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