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Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in four-set Australian Open final

World number one Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in four sets. Photo: Reuters

Andy Murray's bid to claim back-to-back grand slam titles ended in disappointment after the Scot was beaten in the Australian Open final by Novak Djokovic.

The first two serve-dominated sets were decided on tie-breaks before Djokovic claimed the first break of the match late in the third.

It proved a pivotal moment with US Open champion Murray, who was struggling with blisters on his right foot and a hamstring problem, unable to mount a fightback as Djokovic cruised through the fourth to complete a 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-2 success.

His triumph handed the Serbian a place in the history books as the first man in the Open era to win three successive Melbourne crowns.

Andy Murray receives treatment for a painful blister on his foot during the match. Credit: Reuters
Novak Djokovic celebrates becoming the first professional-era player to win three consecutive Australian Open singles titles. Credit: Reuters

Murray dismissed suggestions a toe injury was a key factor in his Australian Open final defeat to Novak Djokovic.

"It was just a bit sore when I was running around. It's not like pulling a calf muscle or something. It just hurts when you run, but it's not something which stops you from playing.

"Ninety per cent of the players on tour will have played this tournament with some sort of blister or problem.

"It had no bearing on the result."

Murray praised the champion in the post-match presentation.

"I would like to congratulate Novak. His record here is incredible. Very few people have managed to do what he has done here. He is a very well-deserved champion," he said.

"To his team... I know you can't do this on your own and he has great people around him.

"I'd like to thank my team - they've done a great job with me."

Djokovic said: "I have to thank Andy for his kind words.

"We have played so many thrilling matches over the last few years. Bad luck tonight and I wish you luck for the rest of the season.

"What a joy. It's an incredible feeling winning this trophy again. It's definitely my favourite grand slam, my most successful grand slam. I love this court."

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