Australian Open 2016 Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray replay finals Jan 31, Men’s score result, reaction, highlights and recap.
MELBOURNE, Australia— Novak Djokovic has added another Grand Slam title to his rapidly growing collection.
At the Australian Open on Sunday evening, Djokovic won his 11th Grand Slam singles title, 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3), over Andy Murray. Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world, now has six Australian Open titles, tied with Australian legend Roy Emerson for the most in tennis history. The 28-year-old Serbian has won the past three Grand Slam singles titles and four out of the past five, with his only defeat coming in last year’s French Open final.
The victory puts Djokovic in a tie with Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg for total Grand Slam singles titles, and leaves him trailing just four men in the record books: Emerson (12), Pete Sampras (14), Rafael Nadal (14) and Roger Federer (17).
Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray replay match-up on Sunday to clinch his sixth Australian Open crown and tie the record number of titles claimed by Roy Emerson between 1961 and 1967.
This triumph also marked the fourth time Djokovic has defeated Murray in the Melbourne final; he previously overcame the Scot in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Eurosport illustrated Djokovic’s monstrous Grand Slam achievements:
Sunday’s win was the third time in succession the Serbian has beaten Murray in straight sets; he routed his adversary at both the Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters last year.
Murray was visibly upset with his latest loss to Djokovic, but he made sure to send a message to his pregnant wife Kim in his post-match comments, per BBC Sport:
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 31, 2016
I feel like I’ve been here before. Congrats, Novak. Six Australian Opens is an incredible feat. The last year has been incredible. Good job.I’d like to thank my team for getting me to this position. Sorry I couldn’t get it done. Thanks for all your support during a tough few weeks off court.
To all of the ex-players watching: Thank you for coming. It makes it even more special playing in front of you.
And finally to Kim, my wife, who is going to be watching at home. You’ve been a legend. I’ll be on the next flight home.
Djokovic laid waste to his opponent in the opening set of Sunday’s final, and Murray was miles off the pace as Djokovic pulled him to and fro across the Rod Laver Arena.
Murray conceded breaks in each of his opening two service attempts, and Tom Perrotta of the Wall Street Journal noted the odds were stacked against the Briton as long as he was playing anything less than his best tennis:
‘Djokovic Murray Replay’ Aus Open 2016
Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 to win his sixth Australian Open title!
Third-set tie-break: Djokovic* 7-3 Murray (*denotes server): What a way to finish it! The phenomenal Novak Djokovic swings a wonderful ace down the middle and it’s all over!
Third-set tie-break: Djokovic 6-3 Murray* (*denotes server): Djokovic spanks an edgy forehand long!
Third-set tie-break: Djokovic 6-2 Murray* (*denotes server): Murray saves the first with an ace. It’s a bit late for that.
Third-set tie-break: Djokovic* 6-1 Murray (*denotes server): Murray wallops a backhand wide. Djokovic has five match points.
Third-set tie-break: Djokovic* 5-1 Murray (*denotes server): Djokovic sends a fine serve down the middle. He’s almost there.
Third-set tie-break: Djokovic 4-1 Murray* (*denotes server): Murray double-faults again! He doesn’t bother with a challenge. This is something of a let-down.
Third-set tie-break: Djokovic 3-1 Murray* (*denotes server): Murray gets on the board with a backhand.
Third-set tie-break: Djokovic* 3-0 Murray (*denotes server): Murray nets a forehand.