Murray received the runner-up plate for the third rime in four years at the the Australian Open and also lost to Novak Djokovic for the straight year as he lost the final 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-2
It probably won’t be remembered as a classic with the way that the Serbian cruised his was though the last two sets, but nothing separated these two for the first two hours with Murray claiming the first set 7-2 on the tie break before Djokovic leveled things with his own tie break win 7-3 in the second.
That second set could have (maybe even should have) been Murray’s but for some missed opportunities. He had three chances to take an early 2-0 lead and with the way Murray had been serving was surely a winning position. He did’nt break in that game and in fact neither player would break in the second set just as in the first and so another tie break was set and that’s perhaps were the Murray’s luck ran out.
Servings at 2-2 in the tie break, Murray put his first serve into the net and was shaping up to deliver the second when he noticed a feather dropping on to the court out of the corner of his eye, he stopped to remove and his most Murray fans arround the court feared, he sent his second serve long.
After dropping the second set, the Murray level definitely seemed to take a drop and the Scot was certainly to helped out with some painful looking blisters on his feet
Djokovic becomes the first man in the Open era to win three straight titles Down Under.
Murray spoke on court and after all the thank yous he had little left to praise the winner on the day,
Novak’s record here is incredible. Not many people have managed to do what he has done and he is a very deserving champion.