Serbia's Novak Djokovic beat Britain's Andy Murray 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-2 Sunday in the final of the Australian Open, winning his third straight title in Melbourne and fourth overall.
"Every tournament, especially the major tournaments, is very special. So every win, of course also adding to that the history part, you know, winning it three in a row, it's incredible. It's very thrilling. I'm full of joy right now," the world No. 1 said after the match.
Djokovic has now won six Grand Slam titles and is the first player in the Open Era to win the year's first major three straight times.
He also matched Swiss great Roger Federer and American Andre Agassi, who shared the record for most titles in Melbourne with four.
The 25-year-old Djokovic, who beat Spain's Rafael Nadal for the title in a marathon final last year, needed three hours and 40 minutes to put away Murray, who slowed up in the fourth set after getting a blister on his right foot and experiencing thigh pain.
"I tried to be more aggressive. So I went for my shots, especially in the third and fourth; came to the net quite often. I was quite successful in that percentage, so it worked well for me. I needed to be the one who dictates the play, and I'm really glad that I've played my best," Djokovic said.
Murray, who beat the Serbian in the final of the U.S. Open last year, got off to a great start but was unable to maintain his momentum.
"Obviously, when you go two sets to one down, you know you really need to get off to a good start the beginning of the fourth set because, you know, most of the guys at the top of the game, when they get a lead and momentum, it's tough to stop them," the 25-year-old Murray said.
The Australian Open is the first of four Grand Slam events on the tennis calendar. EFE