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Novak Djokovic continues to own Melbourne

At just 27-years-old, Novak Djokovic has the second-most Australian Open titles ever.

At just 27-years-old, Novak Djokovic has the second-most Australian Open titles ever.

There is something about playing in Melbourne that gets Novak Djokovic playing at his best and there is something about playing in the final against Djokovic that gets Andy Murray off his game.

For the fifth time, Djokovic has won the Australian Open title and it was the third time he beat Murray. Murray has opportunities, especially against an opponent who appears to hurt his hand in a fall was struggling with an ankle issue in the second set, but Djokovic prevailed for his eighth grand slam title, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-0.

In Melbourne, Djokovic has improved to 50-6, in impressive 89.29 win-percentage. He’s appeared in five title matches and he’s undefeated. Murray just can’t seem to get it done there. This was his fourth appearances in the final, and he remains title-less.

The loss, honestly, says more about Murray. Just over a year removed from back surgery, Murray played in his first Grand Slam final since 2013 Wimbledon and is going to get back to the No. 4 spot in the rankings, but he’s just not back yet and it might have been more of a mental thing than a physical thing.

Murray admitted that he was “distracted” but Djokovic’s issues during the match and didn’t take advantage. When the Serb finally got things together, he won 12 of the final 13 games to claim victory.

Murray was able to get his serve game going, recording 10 aces, but his 49 errors and Djokovic’s 9 break points were the difference at the end.

Djokovic moves past Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Ken Rosewall and Jack Crawford on the list of Australian Open titles. His fifth is only behind Roy Emerson’s, whps has one more. At just 27-years-old, it is very possible the No. 1 player in the world eventually becomes the all-time winner in Melbourne.

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