by CAMILLE PANGGAT
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray faced off in the Australian Open Men’s Final for the third time on Sunday, February 1. Murray lost the last two Aussie Finals he played against Novak and was once again unable to overcome the World No. 1 on Sunday, as Djokovic won the match, 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-0 within a little less than four hours.
The final started off tight with the first two sets going into a tiebreak. After a few missed opportunities for the Scot, Djokovic was able to close out the first set and in the second set, Murray took care of his lead and was able to get even with the Serb, one set all. Unfortunately for the Scot, however, Djokovic was just too much to handle that evening. As Djokovic started to play better tennis, Murray’s play started to go down, missing out on opportunities and committing many unforced errors. Djokovic grabbed a two set to one lead as he won the third set, 6-3. The following set was then won by an even greater margin as Djokovic broke Murray’s serve three times and won the set 6-0.
With the first couple of sets being so physically straining, Djokovic’s mental toughness and Murray’s lack thereof, allowed the 4-time Australian Champion to add to his already impressive resume and come out on top. This win was Novak’s 5th Australian Open Championship, just behind Roy Emerson the only man to win 6 Australian Open titles, and his 8th Grand Slam title, tied for most in the Open Era alongside the likes of Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl.
Meanwhile for Andy, after now losing all four of his Australian Open Finals, he says that he hopes to “come back next year” and to finally, “have a slightly different outcome in the final.” Nonetheless, the Grand Slam can be seen as success for Murray, who had trouble getting back to his previous form after having back surgery in late 2013. Murray’s ranking dropped significantly in 2014 as he was not playing to his previous standard of tennis. But fortunately for the Scot, he is off to a significantly better start this 2015, reaching his first Grand Slam final since his surgery and being able to grab back his World No. 4 ranking.