Djokovic Wins The Australian Open

Tudor Daniel

Written by Tudor Daniel on January 30th 2011
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Djokovic thwarts Murray to grab his second Aussie trophy

Novak Djokovic threw all his clothes, shoes, towels and accessories towards the crowd. He was celebrating his second Aussie success. As for Andy Murray, he remains stripped of any grand slam trophy.

Djokovic smashed the Scott in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in what was the easiest final-victory since 2003. The 23-year-old Serbian broke the Scott for the first time in the tenth game of the opener. Djokovic was leading 5-4 while Murray was preparing to stay in the set. The Serbian went two points ahead of the fifth seeder to make it 1-0. This happened just minutes after a 38-stroke rally, the longest one in the match.

Djokovic would provide a higher pace within the second round. Not only did he break the Murray in the first two games, but went even 5-0 at one point. Things looked clear as possible. Murray’s only signal of life has been a break in the sixth game. Djokovic broke the Scott back immediately to go two sets ahead.

The 2008 champion went from good to better. Murray grabbed an early break in the third set but a lazy forehand would see him broken back in the second game. Djokovic, who ended the final with seven break points, got another break in the fourth game to lead 3-1 despite playing with a leg-binding.

Murray managed to level the score to three only to be left two games behind immediately. Djokovic, who started the final as a main favorite, broke the 2010 runner-up to take a 5-3 lead. The Scott would shine for the last time in the eighth game. He won his serves, but so did the Serbian one game later. The last sequences saw Djokovic serving perfectly and Murray sending the ball into the net. Game, set, match and Djokovic seized his second Aussie grand.

Said Djokovic: “This (the trophy) is for my country, family and for all the fans.” Then he would praise Murray for his incredible two weeks. “We know each other for such a long time and it was really difficult to play against you tonight. Hopefully you will have another chance to win a Grand Slam title, with your talent you will.”

On the other side, the Scott promised to do it better in 2012. “I’ll try to keep it together this year. Hopefully, I’ll come back and have more chances in the future.” Djokovic needed two hours and 39 minutes to deny the 23-year-old and claim his fifth win over the Briton. The Serbian leads the head-to-head confrontations with five wins to three.

Andy Murray is to pack from Melbourne with a $1,100,000 check, while third ATP, Novak Djokovic, goes home with a $2,200,000 one.

Match statistics:

Aces: Djokovic 6 – 6 Murray

Double faults: Djokovic 0 – 4 Murray

Winners: Djokovic 26 – 21 Murray

Unforced errors: Djokovic 33 – 47 Murray

Break points won: Djokovic 7 – 3 Murray

Break points missed: Djokovic 11 – 1 Murray

Net points: Djokovic 14 – 18 Murray11


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