Murray 6 7 3 0
Djokovic 7 6 6 6
Novak Djokovic is the Australian Open champion once again. And despite an up-and-down first two sets and a thumb injury, the No. 1 player in the world won the first Grand Slam title of 2015 with relative ease Sunday, beating Andy Murray in four sets to win his fifth title in Melbourne — a record in the Open era.
The title continued Djokovic’s dominance over Murray. The Serb has won 18 of the 24 matches between the two, including three in the Aussie Open final, which he also won over Murray in 2011 and 2013.
Here’s how it went down:
Each man held serve through the first serve, with Djokovic putting away Murray on a backhand volley in the third game to go up 2-1. Djokovic got the first break of the match in the fourth game, when he lost only one point, to go up 3-1.
After Djokovic went up 4-1, Murray held serve to pull within 4-2, then broke Djokovic for the first time to pull within 4-3 and get back on serve. Djokovic fought through a right thumb injury to break Murray and go up 5-3, giving him a chance to serve for the set, but Murray broke him — the fourth break of the set — to pull within 5-4, then held serve to make it 5-5.
Both men held serve in the ensuing two games, sending the set into a tiebreak, which Djokovic rallied to win 7-5 after trailing 4-2.
Murray, who out-played Djokovic in the latter part of the first set despite losing the tiebreak, held serve to open the second set, then came up with a big break to go up 2-0.
Djokovic, though, proved resilient, breaking Murray to get within 2-1, holding serve to tie the set at 2, then breaking Murray again to go up 3-2 and winning the next game without losing a point to go up 4-2.
Staring at a 2-set deficit, Murray answered, holding serve to get within 4-3, breaking Djokovic to tie the set at 4 and holding serve again to take a 5-4 lead.
Each man held serve for the next three games, sending the set into the match’s second tiebreak. As he did in the first tiebreak, Murray came out strong, jumping out to a 6-2 lead and giving himself four set points. Djokovic won the next two points to get within 6-4, but Murray hung on to win the tiebreak 7-4 and take the set.
Murray broke Djokovic’s serve to open the set, then held serve to go up 2-0. But Djokovic held serve to get to within 2-1, then broke Murray to even the set at 2-2. Both men held serve for the next two games, but Djokovic broke Murray a second time to go up 5-3, then held serve to take the set 6-3.
Djokovic broke Murray to begin the set, then proceeded to run away with it, holding serve to go up 2-0 and breaking Murray two more times, giving him a chance to serve for the championship at 5-0. On championship point, which you can watch above, the Serb pinned Murray back on the baseline, forcing him into a defensive shot that landed in the net.
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