Novak Djokovic made Open Era history this weekend, defeating Andy Murray for his fifth career Australian Open title.
With his eighth career Grand Slam championship, Novak Djokovic inked his name into the record books next to only one other man. Furthermore, that man’s name is not Pete Sampras or Roger Federer.
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Djokovic joins only Roy Emerson as the players who have won the Australian Open five times. He is the first to do so in the Open Era.
It wasn’t easy for Djokovic, as Murray put up quite the fight in an entertaining and tensely fought final match. Djokovic won in four sets, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0. As the grind of the long match set in, it appeared that Murray ran out of gas near the end, grabbing his leg at one point. Already up two sets at that point, Djokovic was simply the better player.
So it was that Djokovic earned another Grand Slam.
After the victory, some deserving fan got the quite the souvenir…assuming they had the good reflexes to catch it, of course.
A racket is a really great, once-in-a-lifetime souvenir. Sweaty wristbands? Maybe not. Maybe that’s actually kind of gross.
As for Murray, he walked away disappointed as he tries to prove that he can consistently win Grand Slams. The Australian Open’s social media may have accidentally trolled him after the fact with this.
These men will surely meet again, though until Murray proves otherwise, it is Novak Djokovic who sits firmly atop the world of men’s tennis.
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