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Australian Open: In a repeat, Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray for sixth title

Novak Djokovic maintained a perfect record in Australian Open finals as he won the title for sixth time on Sunday.

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Novak Djokovic, the world number one and the defending champion of the Australian Open, once again stamped his authority by winning the title at the Rod Laver Arena for a record-equalling sixth time. He beat Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 in the final on Sunday. This was Murray's fifth final in Melbourne and he has lost all of them. (Source: Reuters)

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Novak Djokovic began the match by winning five straight game in the first set and it was the sixth game that Andy Murray could manage to find some feet. But it was still a cakewalk for the defending champ. (Source: Reuters)

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Andy Murray had a nightmarish start to the final and he managed to win only one game. Even after having a break point in the first game itself, Murray failed to convert it. He lost the first set 6-1 in 30 minutes. (Source: Reuters)

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Andy Murray, known for his physical strength on the court, roared back and kept it neck-to-neck. It was 5-5 until Novak Djokovic showed why he is in a league of his own. (Source: AP)

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Novak Djokovic broke Andy Murray in the 11th game of the second set to make it 6-5 and then finished it off to win the set 7-5. His great defence frustrated Andy Murray and retrieved everything from his opponent to claim the set 7-5 in 80 minutes. (Source: Reuters)

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Third set saw some quality tennis from the world number one and number two players. Novak Djokovic broke into an early 3-1 lead and Andy Murray was finding it difficult to stay in the game. (Source: Reuters)

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Andy Murray surely needed some inspiration and the crowd at Rod Laver Arena did offer him some. He manged to tie it 3-3 and then lead 4-3 from down 3-1. (Source: AP)

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But it was Novak Djokovic who just won't give up that evening! He stretched the set into the tiebreak and then finished it with a 7-3 score to win a enthralling final in two hours and 33 minutes. (Source: Reuters)

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For Andy Murraty, the jinx of the final still remains and he has lost the previous four finals at the Rod Laver Arena to Novak Djokovic, who defended his title on Sunday. (Source: Reuters)

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Novak Djokovic now has 11 Grand Slam title and is fifth on the all time list of players with most Grand Slam titles. (Source: Reuters)

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Novak Djokovic equalled Rod Laver and Borj Borgn's 11 Grand Slam titles. Novak Djokovic's next target would be Rafael Nadal's 14 titles. (Source: AP)

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While it was a disappointing final for Andy Murray who has won the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic once again displayed the gulf between his game and all other players at the Grand Slam. He will be looking to win a Golden Slam this year after missing out on it last year after he lost the French Open final to Stan Wawrinka. (Source: AP)