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Published: 13:23 | 31/1/16

Djokovic eases to Australian Open title

Title is a record tying sixth for the Serb

World number one Novak Djokovic cruised to his sixth Australian Open title with a straight sets victory over Andy Murray to condemn the Scotsman to a fifth final defeat.

Djokovic won 6-1 7-5 7-6 to claim his sixth title, equalling the Australian Open record of Roy Emerson.

The Serb has now won 11 Grand Slam titles, including three in a row, and is now focussed on the French Open in June as he looks to complete a career Slam.

The 28-year-old was simply sensational in the opening set as he raced to a 5-0 lead before taking the set 6-1.

The second was more of a contest as Murray dup deep and began to put the pressure on the Serb, but Djokovic upped the tempo and broke at 5-5 to lead and he served out the set to go two up.

Murray again showed his fighting spirit in the third to recover from an early break down to force a tie-break, but Djokovic was too good as he easily won the breaker to seal a three sets win.

"I need to pay respect to Andy for having another great tournament. Tough luck tonight,” said Djokovic.

"He's a great champion, great friend and a great professional who I'm sure will have many more chances to win this trophy.

"I also wish you and Kim good luck for the birth of your child and I hope you will experience a feeling like no other before - that's what happened to me and my wife. I wish you all the best."

Murray was equally gracious in defeat as he admitted his disappointment and congratulated Djokovic on another fantastic win.

"I feel like I've been here before. Congrats Novak. Six Australian Opens is an incredible feat. The last year has been incredible. Good job.

"I'd like to thank my team for getting me to this position. Sorry I couldn't get it done. Thanks for all your support during a tough few weeks off court.

"And finally to Kim, my wife, who is going to be watching at home. You've been a legend. I'll be on the next flight home."

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