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Australian Open, men's singles final: Djokovic vs Murray - As it happened... Suyash Updates by Suyash Srivastava
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Match Report»I

Melbourne: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Australian Open title as he defeated Andy Murray 6-7(2) 7-6(3) 6-3 6-2 to win his third consecutive Australian Open men’s singles title on Sunday night.

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FOURTH SET Djokovic wins it 6-2

DJOKOVIC TO SERVE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP! Murray wins the first two points, 0-30. Novak was lucky there as he had ample of time for a volley winner, he did, but it bounced from the nets. 15-30. Novak sends Murray running right-left on the court and executes a perfect forehand winner! 30-30. Murray once again runs on the court and hits a return on the nets, 40-30 that gives Novak a Championship Point! And Murray’s return once again finds the nets, as World No. 1 Novak Djokovic becomes the first man in the open era to win three successive Australian Open titles!

FOURTH SET Djokovic leads 5-2

Murray to serve to stay in the set. Murray wins the first two points, 30-0. Djoker follows it with a perfect drop shot for a winner, 30-15. Novak sends Murray’s next serve too wide, 40-15. Another magnificent point from Nole, where he stretched to his left and came back to deliver a forehand winner from the centre of the court, 40-30. Murray holds serve as Novak’s return goes long.

FOURTH SET Djokovic leads 5-1

Djokovic to serve. The Serb’s return lands long, 0-15. Murray wins another point, 0-30. Novak wins the first point of the game, 15-30. Novak creates a superb angle for a forehand winner! 30-30. Novak follows it with a good serve and goes for a volley winner! 40-30. Murray makes another and from 0-30 down, Nole holds serve! He is in a hurry in this set!

FOURTH SET Djokovic leads 4-1

Murray to serve. Novak wins the first point, 0-15. Murray’s two-handed backhand goes wide, 0-30. Good rally between the two and Novak’s forehand goes long, 15-30. Murray wins another point, 30-30. Good wide serve from Murray, Novak’s challenges and it just touched the line, 40-30. Murray delivered a good serve and Novak came up with an even better return and finally won the point, deuce 40-40. Murray takes the advantage. Novak wins a point off a good drop shot, Murray tries but the return is wide, and its deuce again! Novak takes the advantage as Murray’s two handed backhand goes wide. Another double fault by Murray and NOVAK DJOKOVIC ONCE AGAIN BREAK MURRAY’S SERVE!

FOURTH SET Djokovic leads 3-1

Djokovic to serve. Good rally between the two, Novak plays a drop shot and Murray’s return goes wide, 15-0. Djokovic’s return goes wide, 15-15. Good serve from Novak, 30-15. Djokovic’s return lands long, 30-30. Nole extends the lead to 4-2. And Murray’s return is long and Novak holds serve.

FOURTH SET Djokovic leads 2-1

Murray to serve. Both the players win a point each, 15-15. Another double-fault from Murray, 15-30. And Novak surprises Murray with a screaming forehand! 30-30. Murray wins a point, 30-40. Novak has another break point! And Djokovic once again break Murray’s serve as Murray’s backhand finds the net.

FOURTH SET Scores level 1-1

Djokovic to serve. Nole’s backhand hits the nets, 0-15. Novak misses a forehand, 0-30. Novak wins a point off a good serve, 15-30. Murray’s backhand once again goes long, Murray challenges and it’s long, 30-30. Novak’s forehand goes wide, and Murray now has a break point! Good serve from Novak, Murray’s return is long, deuce 40-40. Novak takes the advantage with a forehand winner. And Novak holds on as Murray once again hits long.

FOURTH SET Murray leads 1-0

Murray to serve. Nole wins the first two points, 0-30. Good serve from Murray, 15-30. Murray’s return is called wide, Novak challenges and it’s in, 30-30. Murray wins another point, 40-30. Murray’s shot lands wide and its deuce! Djokovic returns one from wide court and Murray picks it nicely for a winner! Advantage Murray! And he seals the game with a good serve!

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THIRD SET Djokovic wins 6-3

Djokovic to serve for the set. Good serve to begin with, 15-0. After a rally, Nole advances to the nets and produces a perfect volley winner, 30-0. Another top serve, challenged by Murray and it has clipped the line, 40-0 which gives THREE SET POINTS TO DJOKOVIC! Good wide serve from Novak and Murray’s return goes long! What a comeback from the Serb!

THIRD SET Djokovic leads 5-3

Murray to serve. Another superb rally between the two, over 30 shots and Novak wins it with an amazing backhand winner! 0-15. Djokovic once again advances to the nets, and forces Murray to make an error, and he does hitting wide, 0-30. And what a game Nole is having! Another forehand winner and now he has THREE BREAK POINTS! Nole misses on the first one as he tries a forehand once again but it hits the nets, 15-40. And he misses on the second one as well, but his forehand once again went long, 30-40. And Djokovic has finally broken Murray’s serve as the Briton’s return fell short!

THIRD SET Djokovic leads 4-3

Djokovic to serve. Murray makes two errors as his return land long, 30-0. Top angle created by Murray for a backhand winner, 30-15. This time Novak produces a winner as a backhand whistled past Murray, 40-15. Another good point, as Djokovic holds his serve.

THIRD SET Scores level 3-3

Murray to serve. And he wins two straight points, 30-0. Novak’s return goes long, 40-0. Good forehand from Murray, Murray’s return is short, 40-15. Novak wins another point, 40-30. Good serve by Murray, Novak’s return goes long.

THIRD SET Djokovic leads 3-2

Novak to serve. He wins the first point, 15-0. Nole stumbled on the court as he stretched to his left and Murray produced a fine forehand winner, 15-15. Nole sends Murray running to his left and then drops a volley winner, 30-15. Murray’s backhand lands long, 40-15. Murray plays a slice shot that lands long.

THIRD SET Scores level 2-2

Murray to serve. Novak’s cross court backhand hits the nets, 15-0. Good serves from Novak who has extended his lead to 40-0. And Murray wins the game with four straight points!

THIRD SET Djokovic leads 2-1

Djokovic to serve. He wins the first point and Murray wins the second, 15-15. Novak extends his lead with another winner, 30-15. Murray’s return is long this time, 40-15. Good wide serve from Novak, holds his serve, yet once again.

THIRD SET Scores level 1-1

Murray to serve. The Briton wins the first two point, 30-0. Novak wins the next one off a good return, 30-15. Novak’s backhand finds the net, 40-15. Novak wins another point, 40-30. Novak’s return lands long and Murray holds his serve.

THIRD SET Djokovic leads 1-0

Djokovic to serve. Murray’s forehand lands wide, 15-0. Murray wins the next point, 15-15. And Novak wins the next three points and seals the game!

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SECOND SET: TIE BREAKER Djokovic wins it 7-3

Both the players win a point each, 1-1. Novak to serve. And he now leads 2-1. Murray to serve. Novak’s backhand goes wide, 2-2. Murray to serve. Double fault by Murray, Nole leads 3-2. Novak to serve. Good rally once again and this time Murray’s backhand goes wide, Nole leads 4-2. And he wins another point, 5-3. Novak’s cross court forehand lands long, 5-3. Murray to serve. Another superb rally, not for the first time though and now Novak has THREE SET POINTS! 6-3. And Murray’s backhand slice finds the nets as NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS THE SECOND SET! Wins tie breaker 7-3

SECOND SET Scores level 6-6

Djokovic to serve. Murray comes to the nets and flicks a volley winner, 0-15. Murray’s return goes long, 15-15. Nole advances to the nets, Murray’s forehand lands wide, 30-15. Double fault from Nole, 30-30. Novak wins the next point off a volley, 40-30. And he seals the game with a good backhand.

SECOND SET Murray leads 6-5

Murray to serve. He wins the first point, 15-0. Another good rally and Novak wins it, 15-15. Good serve from Murray, fires an ace, 30-15. Another good serve from Murray, Novak’s shot hits the nets, 40-15. Murray’s cross court backhand goes wide, 40-30. Novak’s backhand once again hits the nets, Murray holds his serve.

SECOND SET Scores level 5-5

Djokovic to serve to stay in the set. And Murray wins the first point off a terrific forehand, 0-15. Novak wins the next point, 15-15. Novak wins the next point, waits at the nets and smashes a winner, 30-15. Another rally, and another good backhand from Djokovic, forcing Murray to make an error, 40-15. Novak holds serve.

SECOND SET Murray leads 5-4

Murray to serve. He wins the first point, 15-0. And Murray wins another point off a good serve followed by a great backhand, 30-0. Murray wins another point, 40-0. Murray makes his second double fault of the match, 30-15. Good serve from Murray and Novak’s return lands long.

SECOND SET Scores level 4-4

Djokovic to serve. Good rally and then Murray shows some aggression with a quality forehand winner, 0-15. Murray tries another forehand, this time finds the net, 15-15. Nole hits a volley winner, challenged by Murray and it’s on the line! 30-15. Good serve by Novak, 40-15. And another good serve, Novak holds serve.

SECOND SET Murray leads 4-3

Murray to serve. Murray wins the first two points, 30-0. Nole’s cross court forehand hits the nets, 40-0. Murray makes the first double-fault of the match, 40-15. Murray holds serve.

SECOND SET Scores level 3-3

Novak to serve. He begins with a good serve and Murray’s returns lands long, 15-0. Nole forces Murray to make an error, 30-0. Top return from Murray, 30-15. Djokovic wins another point off a volley winner, 40-15. And Nole seals the game with another good serve.


SECOND SET Murray leads 3-2

Murray to serve. He begins with a fine serve, 15-0. Another good serve from Murray, ace called, Novak challenges and that’s out! Murray obviously isn’t happy. Good rally once again and Murray’s forehand hits the nets, 15-15. And Novak;s shot just lands long, 30-15. Novak isn’t happy, kicks the ball out of the court. Murray extends his lead to 40-15 with a good serve. Super ace serve from Murray, holds serve.

SECOND SET Scores level 2-2

Novak to serve. He wins the first point, 15-0. Once again Novak’s backhand lands wide, 15-15. Novak delivers an ace, 30-15. Another good serve from Novak, 40-15. Brilliant return from Murray off the next Novak serve, 40-30. Novak’s forehand lands long, deuce, 40-40. Murray’s forehand hits the nets, Novak gets the advantage. And Novak holds serve.

SECOND SET Murray leads 2-1

Murray to serve. Two good serves and Murray leads 30-0. Top forehand by Novak, Murray wasn’t even thre, 30-15. Murray’s backhand goes wide, 30-30. Murray delivers an ace, 40-0. Murray holds serve after a fine forehand down the line.

SECOND SET Scores level 1-1

Djokovic to serve. Novak’s return lands long, 0-15. And Murray wins the second point as well, 0-30. And once again Novak’s forehands lands long, which means Murray has three break points! Nole saves the first one as Murray’s forehand lands very long, 15-40. Two break points remaining. And now Murray’s backhand lands long, 30-40. One more break point still remaining for Murray. And Novak has saved all the three break points as he produces a volley winner, deuce, 40-40. Top forehand from Novak, a winner, as he takes the advantage. Novak makes an error as the game is back to deuce! Good serve from Novak and he takes the advantage. So from 0-40 down, Novak Djokovic holds serve!

SECOND SET Murray leads 1-0

Murray to serve. The Briton wins the first point, 15-0. Murray wins the second, 30-0. Novak’s backhand goes wide, 40-0. And Murray seals the game with an ace!

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FIRST SET: TIE BREAKER Murray wins it 7-2

Djokovic to serve. Double fault by Nole, Murray leads 1-0. Murray to serve. Good rally between the two and then Murray sends Novak running to his right and then smashes a forehand to his left for a winner, Murray leads 2-0. Murray to serve. And once again Novak’s forehand goes long, Murray leads 3-0. Djokovic to serve. Novak’s backhand slice lands long, challenged by Novak, and it is long. Novak to serve. Superb rally once again! Novak finally wins it off a volley, challenged by Murray but it was on line, Murray leads 4-1. Murray to serve. And Novak’s shot once again lands very long this time, Murray leads 5-1. Murray to serve. Another top forehand winner from Murray, leads 6-1. SET POINT! Novak to serve, and he smashes a backhand winner, Murray leads 6-2. Novak to continue. And Andy Murray wins the first set as Djokovic’s shot once again goes long!

FIRST SET Scores level 6-6

Murray to serve. Good rally once again, won by Murray, 15-0. Murray’s backhand finds the net, 15-15. Nole goes up to the nets, forcing Murray to make an error, 15-30. Novak gets unlucky this time as his shot flicks the nets and lands short, 30-30. Novak’s two-handed backhand goes wide, 40-30. Good serve from Murray and he holds his serve once again!

FIRST SET Djokovic leads 6-5

Djokovic to serve. Murray mistimes a shot out of the court, 15-0. Novak wins another point off a volley, 30-0. Another top forehand from Djokovic, Murray could do nothing about it, 40-0. Novak makes the first double fault of the match! 40-15. Djokovic holds on.

FIRST SET Scores level 5-5

Murray to serve to stay in the set. Novak’s return goes long, 15-0. Another good point between the two, won by Novak as Murray’s shot goes long, 15-15. Good quick serve from Murray, 30-15. Novak’s forehand hits the nets, 40-15. Another good point and Murray holds serve!

FIRST SET Djokovic leads 5-4

Djokovic to serve. Nole wins the first game, 15-0. Murray wins the next, 15-15. Novak wins two more point to extend lead 40-15. Novak’s forehand hits the nets, 40-30. Ace from Novak and Nole holds serve.

FIRST SET Scores level 4-4

Murray to serve. Nole wins the first point, 0-15. Another good rally and Novak’s backhand hits the net, 15-15. Murray’s backhand lands long, 15-30. Good serve from Murray and Novak’s return is short, 30-30. Nole challenged Murray’s cross court backhand, and it was wide, break point for Djokovic! Murray saves yet another break point and smashed volley winner, deuce 40-40. Novak’s backhand once again hits the nets, advantage Murray. Good serve from Murray and he holds serve once again with a volley winner!

FIRST SET Djokovic leads 4-3

Novak to serve. Murray wins the first point as Novak’s forehand lands wide, 0-15. Novak came to the bets and smashed a volley winner, 15-15. Point of the match! Novak dives to his right, managed to return and then won the point off a drop shot, 30-15. Novak makes Murray run on the court and wins the point, 40-15. Top serve from Djokovic and the World No. 1 holds serve.

FIRST SET Scores level 3-3

Murray to serve. And Djokovic wins the first point off a cross court forehand! 0-15. And Murray makes another error as his shots find the nets, 0-30. Novak makes an error as he tried a cross court forehand once again, it went wide, 15-30. Another good rally, Murray’s backhand landed wide that gives Nole, two break points! Murray saves the first one as Novak’s forehand goes wide, 30-40. And Murray saves the second one as well as Novak’s shot hits the nets, deuce, 40-40. And Novak takes the advantage after another superb rally (24 shots). Good serve, but Murray saves the break point again as Nole’s return finds the net, deuce once again! Murray’s cross court forehand lands long, Novak takes the advantage. Another rally, deuce once again, both players executed good shots before Novak’s backhand once again hits the nets. Murray now takes the advantage with a good serve, game point for Murray. And he wins the game with an ace, challenged by Novak, but it was on line. So Murray holds serve after saving four break points in the game!

FIRST SET Djokovic leads 3-2

Novak to serve. He wins the first game, 15-0. Good serve from Novak and Murray’s return goes long, 30-0. Good rally between the two, but Novak’s forehand goes wide, 30-15. Another rally and this time Nole’s backhand finds the net, 30-30. Novak bounces back with a screaming forehand cross court! 40-30. Novak had ample of time there and his forehand went wide, deuce! And now Murray makes an error as his forehand hits the nets, advantage Novak! And he seals the game with a superb rally! Novak had to stretch to his left and from an impossible angle he managed to produce a winner! The crowd loves that!

FIRST SET Scores level 2-2

Murray to serve. Wins the first point off a volley, 15-0. Novak’s slice shot, finds the net, 30-15. Another error from Novak as his backhand goes long, 40-0. Murray seals the game with an ace!

FIRST SET Novak leads 2-1

Novak to serve. Good serve to begin, 15-0. Murray wins another point, 15-15. Novak was coming to the nets but Murray’s backhand landed long, 30-15. Another top forehand, from Novak, 40-15. Top forehand from Murray and he wins the point, 40-15. Another ace from Novak, wins him the game!

FIRST SET Scores level 1-1

Murray to serve. The Briton wins the first game as Nole’s backhand goes long, 15-0. Murray wins another point, 30-0. Murray serves and Nole’s return once again goes long, 40-0. Murray’s holds on to his serve, as Novak makes four errors in the game.

FIRST SET Djokovic leads 1-0

Novak to serve. Murray wins the first point as he smashes a forehand which was wide and far away from Nole, 0-15. Novak fires an ace! 15-15. Another top serve from Novak, Murray returns and Nole dispatches that for a winner, 30-15. Novak extends the lead as Murray’s shot finds the net, 40-15. The Serb holds on to his serve as Murray’s return lands wide!

Murray won the toss and he elected to receive!


The players have arrived on the court to a rousing reception from the crowd.

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Andy Murray faces Novak Djokovic in the final of Australian open 2013 in a short while from now.

Preview: Andy Murray spent four hours to beat Roger Federer for the first time in a Grand Slam match. The Scot admitted that he would need decent rest to recover from the fractious finish in the semifinal if he is to take the Australian Open title away from Novak Djokovic Sunday.

Murray is bidding to become the first player since Lew Hoad in 1956 to win a second major title immediately after his maiden, which he secured against Djokovic four months ago in New York. But he had little time for history after surviving a physical and mental examination by Federer Friday night, reports Xinhua.

Djokovic just eased past David Ferrer in the semis. He has one more day of rest than Murray, who finished an emotional five-set win against Federer. There should be no excuses for Djokovic being the more tired player.

After Friday`s semifinal, tennis`s biggest rivalry no longer features the Swiss champion and injured Rafael Nadal. Instead, Djokovic versus Murray will determine the supremacy of the sport.


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First Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 13:03


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subrata kumar hakder - Bangladesh
What I thought D`jokovitc had done perfectly.I`m a blind supporter of D`jko,I pray the best for him.
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Sagubar Sathik Haja Najimudeen - Kamuthi, Tamilnadu
Again Djokovic... What a man... there is no fight in match...
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kishor - mumbai
Djokovic serve was immense in the last 2 sets. Never gave Murrays return a chance, Well deserved but good effort murray.....
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shyam mohan panda - berhampur, (orissa)
andy murray the great man has more responsibilities as he is only best tennis star of his nation and able to compete world class players........he tries his best evrytym nd he make sure that how one can achieve if he work hard.and definitely espect evry tennis player.......... well done boy
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Andree - Brisbane
Congratulations Novak. Fantastic to watch such a great character become the Champion of Australian Open 2013
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ghanasham - karnataka
i dont want murrey`s won.he defeated a my favourate federrer.
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Dr V R Rama Raju - Hyderabad INDIA
Novak Djokovic win the AO 2013
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srinivas - mysore
i am a very big fan of rafa.,as he is injured my big support of andy murry..,he is going to rock today..
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Dr V R Rama Raju - Hyderabad INDIA
Novak Djokovic win the AO 2013
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ravi shetty - j.p nagar,Bangalore
Hi I am avid fan all kind of, sports viz,cricket,F1,tennis,we&hockey.my favorite man in tennis is vamos rafa nadal but due his foot injury he not part,, of tennis action from last year I wish he will back to tennis asap .I think this time the new aus open will crown by British lad Andy Murray
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