In what turned out to be a rather uncompetitive Australian open final, Novak Djokovic dismantled British hopeful Andy Murray with comparative ease.
In three sets with scores of 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) the Serb out moved and out fought the heavy hitting Scot. What was expected to be a highly competitive semi-final and final (in the opinion of the current author) it is fair to say that Djokovic was never really troubled in either match. He had to go 4 sets against the superb Roger Federer and despite a more spirited display from Murray in the second and third sets, neither opponent had enough to halt the Djokovic juggernaut. Both it seemed were just a mere insignificant distraction before he secured his eleventh Grand Slam title.
After now cementing his place as the world’s second best player, and probably the most powerful, Murray finds himself with two excellent Grand Slam titles to his name. An incredible achievement but, considering how good he is, it should be more. After all Sunday was his fifth Australian open final and he has been the runner up on every occasion.
From a physical point Murray does nothing wrong: he is tall; explosive and hits very hard. But somehow the smaller, slender Djokovic covers the court faster than anyone and generates tremendous power considering his visibly smaller frame. His recent victory was his sixth title in Melbourne alone. Thus proving that, like Nadal previosuly on clay, on the hard court at least Djokovic is unbeatable.
His body seems immune to serious injury and whilst this is the case, no one would bet against him from beating Roger Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slam titles. Murray must go home, regroup, become a father and then come back stronger- he is a true great of world sport even if the statistics in the big finals do not show it.