2013 Australian Open Men's Final
6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-2.
Novak Djokovic came from one-set down to claim his third straight Australian Open crown against Andy Murray in the 2013 Australian Open final.
The World No. 1 looked like he had a real fight on his hands against Murray, whose game has clearly improved from where he was at this point last season—taking the opening tiebreak of the match and pushing Djokovic throughout the second.
Yet the Serbian's ability to prevail in the tiebreak in the second was perhaps the defining moment of the game; shifting momentum back to Djokovic.
The man they call The Joker would then break Murray in the third for the first break of the match, and would quickly capitalize to clinch the third set.
Murray would fight on gallantly until the end, with injuries to his toe and hamstring clearly taking a toll on his body throughout the match. The 2012 U.S. Open champion simply refused to give up—running himself into the ground in the end—but ultimately it would not be enough to stop Djokovic.
The two-time defending champion would break Murray twice in the fourth set to clinch it 6-2 and write his name into the history alumnus at Rod Laver Arena.
Djokovic becomes the first man to win three Australian Opens in succession in the Open Era. Murray, by comparison, moves to 1-6 in Grand Slam finals.
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