World No. 1 Novak Djokovic clinches his sixth Australian Open title beating Andy Murray in straight sets today. The 28-year-old Serbian won 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) and tied the record of Australia’s Roy Emerson as he bags his sixth Melbourne title.
Together with the win against Murray, Djokovic now levels with tennis legends Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on 11 Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic took away a whopping $3.4 million AUD prize money with the win to raise his net worth to $125 million while Murray, who bags $1.7 million AUD, has an estimated net worth of $70 million. The win also places Djokovic closer to Roger Federer in terms of career earnings, as the Serbian has made a whopping $96.9 million on-court, a little less than Federer’s $97.9 million.
With today's win, Novak Djokovic's on-court earnings go to $96.9 million. Closing in on Roger Federer, whose earnings are now $97.9 million.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 31, 2016
Murray, who is currently seeded second in the world also becomes the second man, behind his coach Ivan Lendl at the U.S. Open, to lose five finals at the same Grand Slam since the open era that started in 1968.
Djokovic, on the other hand, now has won four of the past five major tennis tournaments in the world, including three in a row and is looking forward to add one more with the French Open that is set to happen in June.
“I am extremely honored to be mentioned with the legends of our sports like Rod Laver, who is present tonight,” Novak Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “Roy Emerson, who is not here tonight, it is a great privilege to equal your record of six Australian Opens.”
“Each time we play a Grand Slam is very unique kind of feeling and circumstances,” Djokovic said. “We need to leave each day, each hour, with a purpose and hope we can get to this point.”
Clearing Federer out of the way in the semifinals, Djokovic lost only one set in his final two matches, both against the world’s best players.
Djokovic started the tournament with some difficulties and took some time to settle. Despite committing an astonishing 100 unforced errors against Gilles Simon in the fourth round, Djokovic also failed to capitalize on his shots while was performed below par against Kei Nishikori, despite prevailing in straight sets.
However, with the win against Federer, the Serbian got back to his self-belief and intensity to carry on against Murray in the finals, who now is a five-time Australian Open runner-up.
Winning the game in straight sets, Djokovic won almost 60 percent of his second-serve points, with Murray winning only 35 percent. Committing 65 unforced errors, 24 more than Djokovic, Murray found no way in the game and was down two breaks just after 16 minutes of the opening sets.
Murray stood strong in the second set and withstood an 11-minute service game to make the Grand Slam look like a final. Despite leading the set 5-4 at a point when Djokovic hit a backhand into the net, Murray failed to capitalize and smashed his racket into the court in frustration.
Niall and Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open pic.twitter.com/UmkiP7vxkD— best niall pics (@thenialIpics) January 31, 2016
“First of all, I have to pay respect Andy and his team for another great tournament,” Djokovic said. “You’re a great champion and a great person who is very professional, and you’ll have more opportunities to fight for this trophy.”
“Feel like I have been here before,” Murray said lightheartedly in his on-court interview. “Firstly I like to congratulate Novak. Six Australian Open titles is an incredible feat, incredible consistency.”
He then broke down to tears addressing his wife, Kim Sears who was in home. “Just know that you’ve been a legend the past two weeks,” Murray said. “Just know I will be on the next flight home.”
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