Djokovic Drubs Murray to Win 2nd Australian Open

by John on January 30, 2011

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday night to win his second Australian Open and second major title. The No. 3-seeded Serb was bold, confident and aggressive in evening his record at 2-2 in Grand Slam finals. Murray, bidding to become the first British player to win a Slam in nearly 75 years, was listless and unsettled throughout the match. The Scotsman had no answer to Djokovic’s mix of scrambling defense and thumping offense. Nole, whose tennis was described as “ominous” in the Hopman Cup exhibition leading up to Melbourne, dropped just one set in the fortnight and had emphatically taken out Roger Federer in straight sets in the semifinals. He was also clearly riding a wave of confidence from a strong performance in Serbia’s Davis Cup win over France in December. “[Winning a] Davis Cup title and another Grand Slam title. I’m living the dream of a tennis player, definitely,” Djokovic said. “I have been more focused and dedicated to the sport than I have ever been before. To be able to win in straight sets against a player like Andy Murray in the finals of Grand Slam, it makes my success even bigger.” Djokovic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for his first title at Melbourne in 2008. For Murray, the loss had to be very disappointing. The Dunblane native’s record in major finals dropped to 0-3, without winning a set. “I would have liked to have played better,” Murray said. “But I think he would have beaten every other player on the tour if he played like that tonight. He served well. He didn’t make many mistakes from the back of the court. He moved really, really well. He hit the ball very clean.” The match essentially turned on a 39-shot rally late in the first set with Murray serving at 4-5 and 15-30. Djokovic won the slugfest to set up two set points. He consolidated the break when Murray hit a forehand long to take the opening stanza. Murray disappeared for the next 20 minutes and by the time he woke up, he was down 0-5. A Murray break and a Djokovic break-back and it was the Serb up 2 sets to love. There were five breaks of serve in the third set, with Djokovic garnering a decisive three — the spirit-sapper coming after Murray saved five break points at 1-2 only to lose the sixth when Nole scorched a backhand winner down the line. Murray, despite waning resolve, managed to break back and hold for 3-3, but the residue from the fourth game proved to be too much to overcome. “I understand how he feels; it’s his third [Grand Slam] final and he didn’t get the title, so it’s a tough one,” Djokovic said. “But I really have big respect for him and his game because I think he has everything it takes to become a Grand Slam champion. I’m sure that very soon he will be.” That may be, but for now, Djokovic is a notch above.

 

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