Novak Djokovic dismantled Andy Murray to win his second Australian Open championship. Djokovic, the 3rd seed, took control of the match midway through the opening set and never looked back. From 4-4 in the first set, Djokovic went on to win 14 of the next 19 games and take the title in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
Murray looked to be out of sorts against Djokovic. Known for his defensive play and shot variety, Murray was outdueled by Djokovic in all areas. Appearing sluggish, Murray committed 46 unforced errors while hitting only 21 winnners, 6 of which were aces.
Djokovic appeared calm, confident, and comfortable throughout the match, from service winners to long rallies, he played a nearly flawless match. He showed no signs of nervousness, which was a key difference from his opponent. “You are facing a situation, playing the finals of a Grand Slam, being so close to winning a title,” said Djokovic. “Every time you get it there, you want to win it badly, but some things go wrong. You’re thinking too much. You’re worrying too much in your head. It’s a mental battle, definitely. Bottom line is that this is a very mental sport in the end.”
Djokovic is ranked No. 3 in the world, but could mount a serious challenge to both No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Roger Federer in the coming year.