As it Happened: Djokovic downs Murray

Updated: Sunday, 27 Jan 2013 20:08

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Read how Novak Djokovic securd a third successive Australian Open title.

Result:

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 Andy Murray

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It was a thrilling final but Djokovic just had too much for Murray, especially in the final stages.

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Murray gives himself hope but lucks goes against the Scot at 0-30 when a Djokovic smash hits the top of the net and bounces over. Djokovic runs Murray across the court to move to 30-30. A Murray return strikes the net for Championship point and once again it’s a mistake from the Scot that hands Djokovic his third successive title.

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Novak Djokovic retains the Australian Open title with a 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 win over Andy Murray

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Murray holds with relative ease although the highlights of the game is a sublime lob shot from Djokovic and a rip-roaring backhand that flounders Murray. He is saving his full energy to serve for the match.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-3 5-2 Andy Murray

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Hope for Murray as he moves 0-30 ahead in this game but Djokovic ups his game to include two tremendous cross-court shots to move into a lead.  Murray’s reply limps to the net at 40-30 and the Serbian is a game away from defending his title.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-3 5-1 Andy Murray

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Murray's body language speaks beaten man as Djokovic outwits the Scot in the first point with a backhand down the court, and then an unforced error makes it 0-30. But Murray shows his grit to prevent Djokovic earning any break points. Twice locked at deuce, Djokovic hangs on and a remarkable defence forces Murray into an error for a telling break point. A double-fault gives Djokovic the game, a weak and disappointing way for Murray to falll two breaks behind.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-3 4-1 Andy Murray

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It's slipping away from Murray as again Djokovic's consistency proves the difference, edging out an error from his opponent at 30-30 and clinching the game.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-3 3-1 Andy Murray

11:56

A double-fault at 15-15 gives Djokovic hope of a break in this game and another unforced error from Murray gives Djokovic two points to do so. Murray claws one back with one his best serves of the match, but how many times has the Serbian come out best in a long rally as a Murray reply sails hopelessly into the net.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-3 2-1 Andy Murray

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Murray has a chance to break in this second game of the fourth set, taking Djokovic to 30-40 but two effective serves suddenly put the 2012 champion in front. He holds to level the set. It must be soul-destroying for Murray as he has slowly moved to the backfoot. He will have to dig deep here, but he has done it before.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-3 1-1 Andy Murray

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Big moment in the first game as at 15-30, Djokovic challenges a Murray backhand, and it is called "in" to level the game. That could have been two break points for the Serb. At deuce, Murray defies a remarkable return from Djokovic and closes out the game. That was crucial.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-3 0-1 Andy Murray

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Love game for Djokovic - what a way to close out the set as Murray fails to return two serves and he leads 2-1 now.

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Novak Djokovic wins the third set 6-3

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Sensational rally to begin the eighth game and after 35 shots, Djokovic reads Murray with a brilliant winner. Murray draws his opponent to the net and it proves a mistake as the Scot slices out of court. Soon, three break points come the way of the Serbian player thanks to a powerful backhand. He blows his first two chance with Murray on the ropes, finding the net and striking long. But Murray can't rescue this game as he hits the top of the net and Djokovic can now serve for the set.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 5-3 Andy Murray

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Djokovic's persistance pays off as Murray makes errors in two long rallies. A fantastic cross-court winner from the Dunblane man gives him hope at 30-15, but the five-time Grand Slam winner wins the next two points to go ahead once more.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 4-3 Andy Murray

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There is a feeling of inevitability about the third set as Murray moves to 40-0. Djokovic creates an amazing angle to make Murray think, and then a wide return makes it 40-30. But the Scot's excellent first serve makes it count.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 3-3 Andy Murray

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Djokovic’s slip allows Murray to take it to 15-15 but Djokovic reads the next point beautifully to come to the net and move into an advantage. Two long returns from Murray give Djokovic the game.  

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 3-2 Andy Murray

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Murray holds with ease again and still no break of serve in 16 normal service games. Remarkable.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 2-2 Andy Murray

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Murray fires long at a telling point at 30-15 and he looks to the skies again, possibly for any more feathers that will scupper his next service game because this one is done. A powerful serve from Djokovic brings it to an end.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 2-1 Andy Murray

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Excelling second game as Djokovic tests Murray on every point but the Olympic champion sees it out at 40-30, and you get the feeling there will not be too many easy points in this set either.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 1-1 Andy Murray

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Now it's Murray showing frustration as Djokovic wins a crucial point at 15-15 on a challenge and closes out the game.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 1-0 Andy Murray

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Murray knew he was beaten as his limp return gives the Djokovic the set. No breaks of serve so far, the finalists share the tie breaks and this match looks like being a classic.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 7-6 Andy Murray

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Novak Djokovic wins the second set 7-3 on a tiebreak.

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Murray grimaces as he sees his return from a Djokovic second serve strike the net. A 29-stroke rally pursues and it’s Djokovic with his arm in the air to take it to 6-3 after Murray buckles.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 Andy Murray in tiebreak

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Double-fault from Murray as he becomes distracted before a second serve when a feather floats down on the court. No, really, it did. The other points remain on serve and what a chance this is now for Djokovic.  

Novak Djokovic 4-2 Andy Murray in tiebreak

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Djokovic is long with his return in the first point of the tiebreak. Two service points now for the reigning champion and he wins both forcing Murray into unforced errors.

Novak Djokovic 2-1 Andy Murray in tiebreak

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A double fault from Djokovic brings it to 30-30 and what a huge point ahead. Djokovic disguises a backhand down the line to play across court and wins the point. He takes the next point and another tiebreak awaits.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 6-6 Andy Murray

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Djokovic can sense an opening at 15-15 but Murray's first serve has been incredible in this set. It proves the key to seeing out the game as Djokovic's error returning at 40-30 proves the difference. Big test of the Serbian coming up.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 5-6 Andy Murray

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Djokovic bows his heads after a sensational backhand by Murray to take the first point of the game. It shows how Murray’s courageous and unyielding play is tough to deal with. But Djokovic digs deep with two smashes to move to 30-15 and a well-struck backhand forces an error from Andy. He sees it out, and it’s 5-5.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 5-5 Andy Murray

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Murray is an animated figure on the Rod Laver court, he’s determined not to let Djokovic in and keeps on serve with another dominant game despite a double fault at 40-0.  The Serbian serves to stay in the set.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 4-5 Andy Murray

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Murray misses a tremendous opportunity to take it to 0-30 as he finds the net when well-placed to punish Djokovic. Within moments it’s 40-15 and Djokovic takes the game after a weak return by Murray.  

Novak Djokovic 6-7 4-4 Andy Murray

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Murray makes this one look easy as he cruises home, with just a third double fault of the tournament the only blemish in game seven. Pressure on Djokovic once more.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 3-4 Andy Murray

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Comfortable game for Djokovic this time as the match passes the 100th minute mark. He levels things up at 3-3 dropping just a point.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 3-3 Andy Murray

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Djokovic shows his frustration on two occasions in this game, kicking the ball after a long return and hitting his racket off the surface after another.  Murray continues his run of not dropping a game on serve, and he must be taking confidence from the petulant behaviour by his opponent.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 2-3 Andy Murray

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Murray takes Djokovic to deuce from 40-15 but Djokovic forces two errors to close out the game. These games have been routine, we’re waiting for someone to make their mark.  

Novak Djokovic 6-7 2-2 Andy Murray

 

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An ace from Murray at 30-30 is the key point in game three of the second set. Djokovic has shown defiance in the match without making a breakthrough on the Murray serve.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 1-2 Andy Murray

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Djokovic is in big trouble now as three unforced errors gives Murray break points. At 0-40 Djokovic saves the first point, and then a wide from Murray reduces it to one.  Djokovic shows confidence that defies his play in the last 15 minutes with a dominant point to take it to deuce. A 26-shot rally eventually sees the Serb take the game.

Novak Djokovic 6-7 1-1 Andy Murray

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Djokovic is looking a frustrated figure as Murray answers every question posed in the first game of the second set. Murray takes it to love on his serve.   

Novak Djokovic 6-7 0-1 Andy Murray

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Andy Murray takes the lead as Djokovic hits long in the final point of a one-sided tiebreak.

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Andy Murray wins the tiebreak 7-2

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Another error from Djokovic in the tiebreak gives Murray a 5-1 lead and he moves to set point when flat-footing his opponent in the next point. Djokovic saves the first of five set points but the Scot is on the verge here.  

Novak Djokovic 2-6 Andy Murray in tiebreak

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Murray goes to Hawkeye after a return from Djokovic and the point is long – it’s a 4-0 lead and Djokovic know he has to take the next point.  He wins it with a smash that just stays inside the line.

Novak Djokovic 1-4 Andy Murray in tiebreak

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Double fault from Djokovic as the first mini-break goes to the Scot. Murray makes it count with a huge forehand for a 2-0 lead, and when a Djokovic return is long, it creates a wonderful scenario for the US Open champion.  

Novak Djokovic 0-3 Andy Murray in tiebreak

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Chance for Djokovic as Murray’s wayward return leaves the game at 15-30 and just two points away from a one-set lead for the champion. A weak backhand from Djokovic brings it level, and his attempt for winner is wide before a powerful serve closes the game. It’s a tiebreak, 59 minutes into this first set.

Novak Djokovic 6-6 Andy Murray

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An outstanding forehand down the line by Djokovic is the standout moment of game 11 – it moves Djokovic into a 40-0 lead and while a double fault gives Murray hope, Djokovic sees it out. A tiebreaker looks on the cards.   

Novak Djokovic 6-5 Andy Murray

09:35

Much easier this time for Murray as he drops just a point on his serve to draw level once again. Brilliant defence by the Scot in the game-clinching point, turning the tables on his opponent with some fantastic returns to force the error.  

Novak Djokovic 5-5 Andy Murray

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Little worry for Djokovic in the ninth game as he closes it out with an ace to take a 5-4 lead. The first set has been quite even but Murray hung on during those five break points. He serves to stay in the set now.

Novak Djokovic 5-4 Andy Murray

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30-30 in the eighth game and Djokovic takes a big gamble, challenging a Murray return when the ball looks on the line. He stopped play for it, and it proves the correct decision by the Serbian. Murray stands tall as he dominates the point to blast a winner from the net for deuce at break point.  The Scot sees it out and it’s five out of five break points saved.

Novak Djokovic 4-4 Andy Murray

09:18

The highlight of the seventh game is the third point as Djokovic loses his footing but somehow manages to return. He finds his feet and amazingly forces Murray into a poor return before a simple winner at the net. Fantastic entertainment and it gives Djokovic a platform to go on and win the game.  

Novak Djokovic 4-3 Andy Murray

09:14

Djokovic’s makes inroads on the Murray serve, finding a tough angle to deny Murray in the opening point and then moving into a 0-30 lead. At 15-30 Murray loses his concentration deep into the rally to give Djokovic two break points, the first of the match. Murray holds strong, as Djokovic strikes long and into the net for deuce. The Scot saves two more possibly breaks in gruelling points – the outstanding feature of this match so far is the difficulty in even winning one point. Two strong serves allows Murray to see out a tough game. Four break points saved - that was big for the Scot.  

Novak Djokovic 3-3 Andy Murray

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It looks like another quick game with Murray twice going long returning Djokovic’s  serve to give the champion a 30-0 lead.  But two unforced errors brings the Scot level. It eventually leads to deuce and Djokovic emerges with the game after winning the first outstanding rally of the match, scurrying to the net to fire around Murray for the game. We remain on serve.

Novak Djokovic 3-2 Andy Murray

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Murray makes it two love games in succession, forcing two more errors from Djokovic and an ace draws him level once again.   

Novak Djokovic 2-2 Andy Murray

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Moment of worry for Djokovic as Murray gets to 40-30 thanks to an aggressive returns but he takes the game with an ace.  

Novak Djokovic 2-1 Andy Murray

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Routine service for Murray, a love game with four long returns from his Serbian opponent. Strong start by both players.

Novak Djokovic 1-1 Andy Murray

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A decisive forehand from Murray gives the Scot the opening point but three strong first serves allows Djokovic to take control of the game, forcing Murray into a couple of errors.  Djokovic takes the lead when Murray’s return is long at 40-15.

Novak Djokovic 1-0 Andy Murray

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Djokovic will serve first in this opening set.

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Andy Murray wins the toss after the players come out to a rapturous welcome from the Australian crowd.

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A much-anticipated Australian Open final begins shortly as Novak Djokovic looks to deny Andy Murray back-to-back Grand Slams. This should be a final of the highest quality - follow it closely with our live text.  

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