Australian Open 2016: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in final, wins 11th Grand Slam title

Novak DJokovic won his sixth Australian Open title by beating Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6 in the final in Melbourne.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 31, 2016 6:23 pm
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World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic earned himself his 11th Grand Slam title after winning the 2016 Australian Open. The Serb defeated Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 in the final. This is Djokovic’s sixth Australian Open title and 11th Grand Slam trophy, a record equal to , that puts him 5th at the all-time leading Grand Slam title winners. (REPORT: Djokovic wins Aus Open 2016)

The final as it happened…

1708 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic wins his 11th Grand Slam title which puts him fifth on the all time list of Grand Slam title winners equal to Rod Laver.

1707 hrs IST: ALL OVER! NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS SIXTH AUSTRALIAN OPEN TITLE!

1659 hrs IST: We are going into the tiebreaker! Novak Djokovic holds to make it 6-6

1655 hrs IST: Andy Murray still in it! Hold from Murray, hold from Djokovic, hold from Murray. The Scot leads 6-5

1643 hrs IST: Like all evening, Andy Murray to finish the break point. Djokovic holds and it’s 4-4

1638 hrs IST: Andy Murray holds! What a comeback in the third set. He is looking good. 4-3

1634 hrs IST: Andy Murray breaks Djokovic! He is not done yet. It’s 3-3 in third set

1626 hrs IST: Andy Murray holds in the fifth game and it’s 3-2 to Novak!

1615 hrs IST: Andy Murray hanging in there! Holds in the third game to make it 1-2

1610 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic with a hold at love! Leads 2-0

1605 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic brings back a wide Murray backhand to break the Briton in the opening set

1603 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic wins! A brilliant defensive game from the Serb to win second set 7-5

1555 hrs IST: Quality from Novak! Retrieves everything from Murray. Breaks to lead 6-5

1550 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic holds on! After 66 minutes it’s 5-5

1543 hrs IST: Andy Murray grinds hard and fends off break points to to hold and lead 5-4 in the second set

1533 hrs IST: Djokovic challenges a Andy Murray backhand. Against expectations, it’s in. ‘Come on’ says Murray. 2nd set tied 4-4

1526 hrs IST: Djokovic’s continued pressure pays off as he breaks Murray and take a 4-3 lead. An important one this

1521 hrs IST: A difficult game for Novak Djokovic but he holds to tie game 6 3-3

1513 hrs IST: Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic play a series of drop shots before Murray retrieves a lob and sends a forehand past Djokovic! Crowd applauds as the Briton leads 3-2

1509 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic holds at 15 and ties the second set 2-2

1505 hrs IST: After a battle of six deuces , Andy Murray holds serve with an ace! A hard fought win in the third game to lead 2-1

1453 hrs IST: Murray holds, Djokovic holds and it’s 1-1 in the second set

1445 hrs IST: Andy Murray has had a nightmarish start to the final but the first set is over. Can he bring back his A game?

1444 hrs IST: What a flying start from the defending champ! Wraps up the first set 6-1 in just 30 minutes

1436 hrs IST: Andy Murray holds for the first time and makes it 5-1

1432 hrs IST: Andy Murray does not seem to have arrived at the court here

1431 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic has completely dominated the first set with three holds and two breaks. Leads 5-0

1420 hrs IST: A hold and a break for Novak Djokovic and he take a 2-0 lead in the first set

1413 hrs IST: Djokovic to serve to Murray as he chases his 6th title here. Murray has been in the final at the Rod Laver Arena on four occasions previously but has failed to win each time

1400 hrs IST: The players have entered the Arena. A cracking final awaits

1355 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray, a repeat of the 2015 final

The Run

‘I’m expecting a battle with Murray’

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Novak Djokovic is expecting a fierce battle with an old friend and familiar protagonist when he makes a bid for history in the Australian Open final against Andy Murray on Sunday.

‘I don’t think many people are expecting me to win’

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Andy Murray said his past disappointments would have no bearing on Sunday’s title match against Novak Djokovic as he looks to end a run of four near-misses by finally winning the Australian Open.

Everything you need to know about Djokovic

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Seeding: 1

GRAND SLAM TITLES (10): Australian Open: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015; Wimbledon: 2011, 2014, 2015; U.S. Open: 2011, 2015

Everything you need to know about Murray

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GRAND SLAM TITLES (2): U.S. Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013