Novak Djokovic: Tops Andy Murray For Second Australian Open Title
Novak Djokvoic turned Andy Murray back in straight sets to win the Australian Open men's final and capture his second grand slam title, firmly establishing himself as a top contender to challenge the thrones of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic won the final of an upset-filled Australian Open in straight sets over Scotland's Murray, the final line going 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. This marked the third grand slam final reached by Murray, but he's yet to win the big one and will have to wait until May's French Open for another crack at a title.
For Djokovic, he's enjoyed a wonderful stretch of play, making it to the U.S. Open final last September while also leading Serbia to their first ever Davis Cup win back in December.
Djokovic was the number three seed in this tournament, and he was once again faced with going up against the recent era's most dominant player, Roger Federer, in the semi-finals in Australia. The two met at last year's U.S. Open, also in the semis, and the results here in January were the same: Djokovic again turned aside the Swiss legend.
So now the questions have begun to swirl: has Djokovic passed Federer, who is slowing down now late into his legendary career, in the men's tennis ranks? And are tennis fans ready to embrace the less-heralded Serbian in the face of a decline from Federer?
One player Djokovic is still yet to conquer on the big stage is Rafael Nadal, whom he lost to in the last U.S. Open final. The next grand slam tournament will offer a big test for the emerging Serbian star, as Nadal owns the clay courts of Roland Garros.
I'm sure tennis fans will be glad to see Nadal and Federer re-emerge come the remaining grand slams, but Djokovic seems to have the inside track on picking up where the top two leave off. His play may not be as sexy as either Rafa or Roger, but he's in good form and has been winning in bunches. Why not give him a chance, especially now after his second Australian Open title?
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