In the final Djokovic proved to be too good as he won his second Grand Slam title in 2 hours and thirty-nine minutes 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. In a very entertaining and intense final, there were a lot of competitive rallies and great court coverage by both players. The Serbian’s superior inner belief and mastery of the mental challenges proved to be very telling. Murray struggled mentally as he wrestles with the demons of winning that first Grand Slam title.
Djokovic moved to 2-2 with his career Grand Slam final record as he won the Australian Open men’s singles trophy; the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and earned 2.2 million Australian dollars in prize money. Djokovic improved his head-to-head record against Murray to 5-3 and earned 2,000 ATP ranking points.
Murray is now a triple Grand Slam singles runner-up after being defeated in the Australian Open final for the second straight year. The Scot won 1.1 million Australian dollars and earned 1,400 ATP ranking points. It will be very interesting to follow Murray over the next few months to see how he handles the disappointment of getting so close, but not taking the final step to achieve his career goal.
A more in depth look at the final will be added to this post ASAP…
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