Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 1st 2016 Contents MELBOURNE --- In five previous Australian Open
wins, Novak Djokovic had never felt so much love.
After maintaining his perfect record in six finals at
Melbourne Park --- and extending his old friend Andy
Murray s streak to five losses from five championship
deciders Down Under --- Djokovic had hundreds of
Serbian fans singing and chanting his name so loudly
he could barely hear questions in a TV interview.
While Djokovic was still celebrating his 6-1, 7-5,
7-6 (3) victory last night, equaling Roy Emerson s
record of six Australian titles, Murray was rushing
for the airport to catch a flight back to Britain to
reunite with his pregnant wife.
"I never experienced this much crowd and this
much love," Djokovic said. "I ve had the fortune to
win this trophy now six times, but I never experienced
Djokovic has won the last three Grand Slam titles,
and four of the last five, to lift his career haul to 11
--- equaling Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg in fifth place
on the all-time list.
"I don t take anything for granted, even though I
won last four out of five Grand Slams, played five
finals, it s phenomenal," said Djokovic, reflecting on
a period of time in which he was married, became
a father and only lost one match in five major cham-
pionships --- the final of the French Open. "No doubt
that I m playing the best tennis of my life in the last
"Everything is going well privately, as well, so I feel
like I m at the point in my life where everything is
working in harmony. I ll try to keep it that way."
His next objective is a first Grand Slam title on
clay to complete his collection. Djokovic has reached
three finals at Roland Garros, but never won the
After getting on his hands and knees and kissing
the court at Rod Laver Arena, and going to the stands
to hug Boris Becker, his coach since 2014, Djokovic
paid tribute to Murray in his post-match speech.
"You re a great champion, great friend, a great
person who is very professional and committed to
this sport," he said. "So I m sure in the future you ll
have more opportunities to fight for this trophy."
As a father himself, he didn t want to delay Murray s
The 28-year-old Scotsman had his share of dis-
tractions in Australia. His wife, Kim, is due to have
their first child in February and didn t travel with
him. Kim s father, Nigel Sears, was in Australia as
coach for Ana Ivanovic, but became ill and had to be
rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance while Murray
was on court in his third-round match. After a night
in hospital, Nigel Sears was well enough to return
home, which meant Murray could stay in Australia
and try to refocus on winning the title.
"It s been a tough few weeks for me away from
the court," Murray said in his post-match speech,
before turning his attention to his wife.
"You ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank
you so much for all your support," he said, choking
back tears and waving as he walked away from the
microphone. "I ll be on the next flight home."
A little more than a half-hour later, at 11:15 p.m.
local time, Murray said he was aiming for a 1 a.m.
"It s been hard, regardless of today s result," he
said. "I m proud I got into this position --- just quite
looking forward to get home now."
Murray became only the second man to lose five
finals at one major --- Ivan Lendl lost five and won
three U.S. Open finals in the 1980s.
Djokovic had won 10 of his previous 11 matches
against Murray and was 21-9 in their career meetings
--- including four finals at the Australian Open.
Again, he was just too good.
Djokovic broke Murray twice in a 30-minute opening
set, and twice again in the second and once in the
third, and only had his serve broken twice.
He took a 6-1 lead in the tiebreaker, setting up five
championship points, and finished it off with an ace
in 2 hours, 53 minutes.
While Djokovic extended his perfect streak to six
in Australian finals, Serena Williams streak of 6-0
in Melbourne Park deciders ended in an upset loss
to Angelique Kerber on Saturday night. Kerber went
for a dip in the Yarra River on Sunday morning after
a night of celebrations after prolonging Williams bid
to equal Steffi Graf s record 22 majors in the Open
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