The world number one is now the only player to win five Australian Open titles in the Open Era, surpassing Andre Agassi and Roger Federer and has eight majors to his name. The champion lifted his first Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as a father in front of a full-house Rod Laver Arena and also pockets $3.1 million in prize money.
By Javier Yap – @javiervanderyap
Novak Djokovic now extends his head-to-head to 16-8 and winning streak to 5 against Andy Murray after their 3 hour and 39 minute battle.
Andy Murray had an opportunity to take the first of four breaks of serve in the set at 1-1 (0-40). However, it was Novak Djokovic who won five consecutive points to hold for 2-1. The Scotsman was punished soon after he faltered on serve, when the world number one took the early break to make it 3-1.
Djokovic seemed to have the first firmly in his favour, after taking a vital break but was unable to serve out the set at 5-3, allowing Murray to get back into the set. Both players were able to hold serve, forcing a tie-break which Djokovic took out 7-6 (5) in 72 minutes when Murray committed an unforced backhand error into the net.
Andy had the early advantage in the second set, breaking early to take a 2-0 lead but was unable to carry his momentum through, with the Serb winning the next 4 games. The world number six broke back again to level the set at 4 all before consolidating and winning his next service game to love.
The Scotsman had an opportunity to take the set in the 1st deuce but it was the world number one who eventually managed to hold serve in the 4th deuce in what was the longest game of the match up until the moment (10 minutes).
The longest rally of the match (26) came in the second point of the tie-break, with the Scotsman taking the point. Novak sent a backhand long, rewarding 4 set points for Andy. The Serb saved 2 set points before failing to execute a serve and volley manoeuvre, gifting Murray the second set 7-6 (4) in 80 minutes.
Murray took the lead in the 3rd set again leading 2-0, however it was Novak who took out the set.
The match hit the 3 hour peak at 1 set all, 3-3 (30-30) and it was Andy Murray who seemed to be the more worn out player at this point. Murray let out his frustration by smashing his racquet when he served a double fault at 4-3 (15-40) down, giving Djokovic a 5-3 lead to serve for the set.
Djokovic took out the 3rd set in 39 minutes after serving a rocket down the tee.
The world number one was on his A game, closing the final set with a bagel in just 28 minutes.