The 2013 Australian Open ended the same way it has the previous two years, with Novak Djokovic capturing victory in the men's finals. Like the win two years ago, it came against No. 3 seed Andy Murray in four sets.
Despite the lopsided finish, Djokovic and Murray started out in dramatic fashion. Murray took the first set 7-6 and nearly took the second, but wound up falling 6-7. That set win for Djokovic completely turned the tide of the match.
In addition to the men's final match, Day 14 of the Australian Open also gave us the mixed doubles final with the team of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden defeating Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak.
Here is a complete breakdown from the final day of action Down Under.
Djokovic Dominates Late to Win Third Straight Aussie Open
Given the level of dominance Djokovic has shown for the last three years, especially in this tournament, it is now a surprise if he doesn't win. He has reached that place where Roger Federer was at his peak in the mid-2000s.
After dropping the first set 6-7, Djokovic stormed back to win the next three, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 and captured his third straight Australian Open title and fourth overall.
Djokovic and Murray are arguably the two best players in the game right now, particularly with Rafael Nadal battling injuries and still trying to work his way back. This was the best final we could have asked for, yet Djokovic made it look easy once he got his wind back.
It is the first major championship for Djokovic since last year's Australian Open, though, he did play in the finals in three of the four Grand Slam events in 2012.
Djokovic becomes the first man in history to win the Australian Open three times in a row (via Sky Sports News).
Novak Djokovic becomes first man to win three straight Australian Open titles after 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 victory over Andy Murray #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 27, 2013
Gajdosova/Ebden Capture Mixed-Doubles Title over Hradecka/Cermak
In a thrilling finish to the mixed doubles tournament, Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden captured their first Australian Open championship by defeating Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak.
Gajdosova and Ebden, who both reside in Australia, had the home crowd behind them and carried that momentum to an impressive victory. They had two service breaks in each set and took advantage of it in order to earn a straight-set win 6-3, 7-5.
Day 14 Australian Open Results
Men's Finals: Novak Djokovic (1) defeated Andy Murray 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2
Mixed Doubles Finals: Jarmila Gajdosova/Matthew Ebden defeated Lucie Hradecka/Frantisek Cermak 6-3, 7-5
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