History was made by Novak Djokovic, as he became the first man in the open era to win 3 consecutive Australian Open titles. In fairness, it should be pointed out that back in the day, [1970’s} many of the great champions didn’t play in the Australian because it was played earlier near Christmas and the focus wasn’t on the majors like today. As an example Bjorn Borg only played the event once in his career.
Sunday the mens final was fairly one sided. Andy Murray won the first set in a tiebreaker and held 3 break points early in the second set. Once Novak rallied and held, he gained confidence and Murray got demoralized and the match was pretty much over.The real oddity about the match was that it took 32 games before a break of serve with the 2 best returners of serve in the world.
Novak seemed to gain strength as the match progressed. Djokovic began to win every long rally. Not to make excuses, but it was obvious that Murray was compromised by an enormous blister on his toe. Particularly in the 3rdand 4thsets, Andy simply couldn’t push off or change directions. I give Murray credit afterward for refusing to acknowledge the injury, not wanting to take any credit away from his adversary.
Djokovic has now run his total to 6 majors, and needs only a French Championship to complete a career slam. Nadal should finally return on the red clay, where he has been near invincible. Can’t wait to see it! See you on the courts, I’ll be the fat guy grunting....
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