SYDNEY – Andy Murray was full of courage but had not much chance of winning the 2013 Australian Open against Novak Djokovic.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 27 2013 Sports
Just two days prior, Murray played an exhausting five sets game beating Roger Federer, to make it in the men’s singles finals match. Djokovic on the other hand had several additional days to recover before setting foot on the finals match’s court feeling fit and full of exuberance.
Despite Murray obviously playing with fatigue, Djokovic still had his work cut out for him and had to endure a four hours, four set game because the 2013 Australian Open title was his at 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 and 6-2.
This win marks Novak Djokovic’s (No 1) third consecutive Australian Open victory and makes him the only tennis player in the world to accomplish this feat. This victory is Djokovic’s fourth Australian open win. He joins ranks with Andre Agassi and Roger Federer who also won the Australian Open four times.
Andy Murray came out swinging strong and the first two sets ended with tiebreaks, giving everyone in attendance the impression Murray was going to get his first Australian Open grand slam.
But then fatigue set in, a ‘left-over’ from his grueling 5 sets match against Roger Federer just days before. That’s when Novak Djokovic showed why he is the number one tennis player in the world.
With seemingly ease, the Serb overpowered Andy Murray winning the final two sets without much fight. Andy Murray did suffer an injury to his big toe that more than likely contributed to the final two sets going much easier for Djokovic.
In the end Djokovic stood victorious once more claiming the 2013 Australian Open title as his own.
“It feels incredible to win this trophy once more,” said 25 year old Djokovic who was handed the trophy by tennis legend Andre Agassi. “This is absolutely my most favorite grand slam. I love this stadium.”
Then ‘Nole’ turned to Andy Murray and said: “you had bad luck to night,” referring to his injured foot.
To that Murray responded: “I want to congratulate Novak with his victory. His accomplishments here are unbelievable. He is definitely a deserving champion.”
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