Djokovic wins third straight Aussie Open

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a point during his Australian Open final victory over Andy Murray.
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a point during his Australian Open final victory over Andy Murray.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka kisses the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in the locker room as women's singles champion.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka kisses the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in the locker room as women's singles champion.
Victoria Azarenka bursts into tears after defeating Li Na for back-to-back Australian Open titles.
Victoria Azarenka bursts into tears after defeating Li Na for back-to-back Australian Open titles.
China's Li Na grimaces after injuring her left ankle during the Australian Open women's final.
China's Li Na grimaces after injuring her left ankle during the Australian Open women's final.
Andy Murray missed a chance to serve out the match in the fourth set, but finished off Roger Federer in the fifth.
Andy Murray missed a chance to serve out the match in the fourth set, but finished off Roger Federer in the fifth.
A dejected Roger Federer during his post-match press conference.
A dejected Roger Federer during his post-match press conference.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to David Ferrer of Spain.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to David Ferrer of Spain.
David Ferrer of Spain reacts during his men's singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
David Ferrer of Spain reacts during his men's singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
Sloane Stephens of the United States of America plays a backhand in her Semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Sloane Stephens of the United States of America plays a backhand in her Semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a backhand in her Semifinal match against Sloane Stephens of the United States.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a backhand in her Semifinal match against Sloane Stephens of the United States.
Li Na swept Maria Sharapova aside 6-2 6-2 in the first semifinal at the Australian Open.
Li Na swept Maria Sharapova aside 6-2 6-2 in the first semifinal at the Australian Open.
It was not Maria Sharapova's day, winning just four games in a straight sets loss to Li Na.
It was not Maria Sharapova's day, winning just four games in a straight sets loss to Li Na.
 Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his Quarterfinal match against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his Quarterfinal match against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France reacts in his Quarterfinal match against Roger Federer.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France reacts in his Quarterfinal match against Roger Federer.
Andy Murray celebrates his win over Jeremy Chardy.
Andy Murray celebrates his win over Jeremy Chardy.
Andy Murray during his match against Jeremy Chardy.
Andy Murray during his match against Jeremy Chardy.
Sloane Stephens of the US (R) shakes hands with compatriot Serena Williams after defeating her in their women's singles quarter-final match.
Sloane Stephens of the US (R) shakes hands with compatriot Serena Williams after defeating her in their women's singles quarter-final match.
Serena Williams does the splits during her quarterfinals loss to compatriot Sloane Stephens.
Serena Williams does the splits during her quarterfinals loss to compatriot Sloane Stephens.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates winning her Quarterfinal match against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates winning her Quarterfinal match against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia looks on after falling in her Quarterfinal match against Victoria Azarenka.
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia looks on after falling in her Quarterfinal match against Victoria Azarenka.
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates defeating Ekaterina Makarova.
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates defeating Ekaterina Makarova.
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia plays a backhand in her Quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova.
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia plays a backhand in her Quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova.
Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to compatriot Ekaterina Makarova.
Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to compatriot Ekaterina Makarova.
David Ferrer of Spain reacts during his men's singles quarter-final match against compatriot Nicolas Almagro.
David Ferrer of Spain reacts during his men's singles quarter-final match against compatriot Nicolas Almagro.
Li Na celebrates her win over fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.
Li Na celebrates her win over fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning the second set during his men's singles match against Milos Raonic.
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning the second set during his men's singles match against Milos Raonic.
Andy Murray signs autographs after his fourth round victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Andy Murray signs autographs after his fourth round victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Milos Raonic of Canada.
Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Milos Raonic of Canada.
Serena Williams of the US serves to Maria Kirilenko of Russia.
Serena Williams of the US serves to Maria Kirilenko of Russia.
Andy Murray of Britain celebrates defeating Gilles Simon of France.
Andy Murray of Britain celebrates defeating Gilles Simon of France.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (right) kisses Elena Vesnina of Russia after defeating her in their women's singles match at the Australian Open.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (right) kisses Elena Vesnina of Russia after defeating her in their women's singles match at the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic celebrates after his five-hour, two-minute five-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round at the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic celebrates after his five-hour, two-minute five-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round at the Australian Open.
Ana Ivanovic is certain she is in good form despite exiting yet another major before the quarter-finals.
Ana Ivanovic is certain she is in good form despite exiting yet another major before the quarter-finals.
Maria Sharapova has lost just five games in her four wins at this year's Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova has lost just five games in her four wins at this year's Australian Open.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates defeating Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during their women's singles match at the Australian Open.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates defeating Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during their women's singles match at the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.
Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.
David Ferrer of Spain serves to Kei Nishikori of Japan during their men's singles match at the Australian Open.
David Ferrer of Spain serves to Kei Nishikori of Japan during their men's singles match at the Australian Open.
David Ferrer of of Spain plays a forehand in his fourth round match against Kei Nishikori.
David Ferrer of of Spain plays a forehand in his fourth round match against Kei Nishikori.
 Maria Sharapova (right) of Russia after her fourth round match against Kirsten Flipkens.
Maria Sharapova (right) of Russia after her fourth round match against Kirsten Flipkens.
Angelique Kerber of Germany receives medical treatment during her women's singles match against Ekaterina Makarova.
Angelique Kerber of Germany receives medical treatment during her women's singles match against Ekaterina Makarova.
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia hits a return to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match at the Australian Open.
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia hits a return to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match at the Australian Open.
Gael Monfils is doubled over with exhaustion during his epic third round match against Gilles Simon.
Gael Monfils is doubled over with exhaustion during his epic third round match against Gilles Simon.
Bernard Tomic and Roger Federer share a pat on the back after their third round match.
Bernard Tomic and Roger Federer share a pat on the back after their third round match.
Caroline Wozniacki returns a shot during her third round win.
Caroline Wozniacki returns a shot during her third round win.
Serena and Venus Williams whisper tactics during their second round doubles match.
Serena and Venus Williams whisper tactics during their second round doubles match.
Frenchman, world number 36, Michael Chardy lines up the ball in his Australia Open third round victory over sixth-seed Juan Martin del Potro.
Frenchman, world number 36, Michael Chardy lines up the ball in his Australia Open third round victory over sixth-seed Juan Martin del Potro.
Andy Murray exclaims his satisfaction at beating Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in the third round of the Australian Open.
Andy Murray exclaims his satisfaction at beating Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in the third round of the Australian Open.
Victoria Azarenka hits a return to Jamie Hampton.
Victoria Azarenka hits a return to Jamie Hampton.
Jamie Hampton celebrates winning the second set during her women's singles match against Victoria Azarenka.
Jamie Hampton celebrates winning the second set during her women's singles match against Victoria Azarenka.
Novak Djokovic is at full strength during his win over Radek Stepanek.
Novak Djokovic is at full strength during his win over Radek Stepanek.
Maria Sharapova celebrates her 6-1, 6-3 victory over Venus Williams.
Maria Sharapova celebrates her 6-1, 6-3 victory over Venus Williams.
Ana Ivanovic pumps her fist after beating fellow Serbian Jelena Jankovic.
Ana Ivanovic pumps her fist after beating fellow Serbian Jelena Jankovic.
Tomas Berdych returns a shot during his match against Jurgen Melzer.
Tomas Berdych returns a shot during his match against Jurgen Melzer.
 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a forehand in her third round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a forehand in her third round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain.
Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a return to Madison Keys of the US.
Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a return to Madison Keys of the US.
Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy of the American electro duo LMFAO attends the MLC Hotshots session at the Australian Open.
Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy of the American electro duo LMFAO attends the MLC Hotshots session at the Australian Open.
The pink and black shoes of Roger Federer.
The pink and black shoes of Roger Federer.
Roger Federer picked up early breaks in each set to defeat Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets in Melbourne.
Roger Federer picked up early breaks in each set to defeat Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets in Melbourne.
Bernard Tomic recovered from losing a first set tie-breaker to defeat German qualifier Daniel Brands in four sets.
Bernard Tomic recovered from losing a first set tie-breaker to defeat German qualifier Daniel Brands in four sets.
Andy Murray plays a forehand in his second round match against Joao Sousa of Portugal during day four of the 2013 Australian Open
Andy Murray plays a forehand in his second round match against Joao Sousa of Portugal during day four of the 2013 Australian Open
Serena Williams of the United States of America plays a backhand in her second round match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain.
Serena Williams of the United States of America plays a backhand in her second round match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays a backhand in his second round match against Go Soeda of Japan.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays a backhand in his second round match against Go Soeda of Japan.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a backhand in her second round match against Eleni Daniilidou of Greece.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a backhand in her second round match against Eleni Daniilidou of Greece.
Novak Djokovic lost just six games as he cruised to a straight sets victory over American Ryan Harrison.
Novak Djokovic lost just six games as he cruised to a straight sets victory over American Ryan Harrison.
Heather Watson of Great Britain celebrates with fans after her second round singles win.
Heather Watson of Great Britain celebrates with fans after her second round singles win.
Maria Sharapova waits for a serve from Japan's Misaki Doi during her second round roll-over.
Maria Sharapova waits for a serve from Japan's Misaki Doi during her second round roll-over.
Bob and Mike Bryan perform their trademark chest bump after winning their opening doubles match.
Bob and Mike Bryan perform their trademark chest bump after winning their opening doubles match.
Sam Stosur exits Rod Laver Arena after her second round defeat to China's Zheng Jie
Sam Stosur exits Rod Laver Arena after her second round defeat to China's Zheng Jie
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic plays a backhand in his second round match against Guillaume Rufin of France.
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic plays a backhand in his second round match against Guillaume Rufin of France.
Jerzy Janowicz exploded in rage after losing a 79-minute set to India’s Somdev Devvarman.
Jerzy Janowicz exploded in rage after losing a 79-minute set to India’s Somdev Devvarman.
Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a backhand in his second round match against Carlos Berlocq of Argentina.
Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a backhand in his second round match against Carlos Berlocq of Argentina.
Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain hits a return to compatriot Nicolas Almagro during their men's singles match at the Australian Open.
Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain hits a return to compatriot Nicolas Almagro during their men's singles match at the Australian Open.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland hits a return to Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland hits a return to Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.
Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia does the splits in her first round match against Yanina Wickmayer.
Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia does the splits in her first round match against Yanina Wickmayer.
Gael Monfils celebrates a point during his first round match.
Gael Monfils celebrates a point during his first round match.
Fans scramble for signatures from Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro.
Fans scramble for signatures from Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro.
No 1 seed Victoria Azarenka in action on day two.
No 1 seed Victoria Azarenka in action on day two.
Melbourne Park is lit up for the night session on day two.
Melbourne Park is lit up for the night session on day two.
Bernard Tomic keeps his eye on the ball.
Bernard Tomic keeps his eye on the ball.
Andy Murray returns a shot against Robin Haase on day two of the Australian Open.
Andy Murray returns a shot against Robin Haase on day two of the Australian Open.
Caroline Wozniacki in action during her first round match against Sabine Lisicki.
Caroline Wozniacki in action during her first round match against Sabine Lisicki.
Novak Djokovic on his way to a first round straight sets victory.
Novak Djokovic on his way to a first round straight sets victory.
Maria Sharapova serves during her first round win.
Maria Sharapova serves during her first round win.
A packed house shows up to watch local Lleyton Hewitt's first round match at Rod Laver Arena.
A packed house shows up to watch local Lleyton Hewitt's first round match at Rod Laver Arena.
Ana Ivanovic celebrates a point during her match against Melinda Czink.
Ana Ivanovic celebrates a point during her match against Melinda Czink.
Janko Tipsarevic celebrates his straight sets win over Lleyton Hewitt in the first round.
Janko Tipsarevic celebrates his straight sets win over Lleyton Hewitt in the first round.
David Ferrer lies on court after throwing himself at a point during his first round win over Olivier Rochus.
David Ferrer lies on court after throwing himself at a point during his first round win over Olivier Rochus.
Fan show their home town support on day one.
Fan show their home town support on day one.
Lleyton Hewitt's returns a point during his loss to Janko Tipsarevic.
Lleyton Hewitt's returns a point during his loss to Janko Tipsarevic.

For Novak Djokovic, no shirt ripping this time, no record-setting marathon, but still a history-making result.

The world No.1 is the first man in the Open era - and third of all time - to win three consecutive Australian titles, his 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-2 defeat of wounded third seed Andy Murray delivering his sixth grand slam title and fourth at Melbourne Park.

Murray had declared he wanted a painful match. He got it. Or a painful result, anyway. And a shockingly blistered foot that the Dr Djokovic, who had comically bustled out to treat Henri Leconte during Thursday night's legends match, left the experts to handle. This was serious, intense, grand slam final tennis, and the Australian Open is the Serbian's speciality.

"I didn't expect an easy match," Djokovic said. "You never get the grand slam trophy in an easy way. You have to earn it."

After three hours, 40 minutes, and after a celebratory bellow, a laugh and a dance, he was presented with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup by fellow four-time champion Andre Agassi, the Djokovic name filling the last available vacancy on the famous trophy. But it is hard to imagine there will not be more to come, for he is in his prime at 25, and a relentless master of hardcourt tennis. The other reward this time: a cheque for A$2,430,000.

''It's (an) incredible feeling winning this trophy once more. It's definitely my favourite grand slam. My most successful grand slam. I love this court,'' said Djokovic.

"Every tournament, especially the major tournaments, is very special (but) winning it three in a row, it's incredible."

Murray took some solace from the fact that this match was a much tighter affair than his defeats by Federer in 2010 and Djokovic in 2011.

"There's going to be some obvious reasons for me feeling a little bit better," said Murray, who was hoping to become the first Briton to win the title since Fred Perry in 1934.

"The last few months have been the best tennis of my life. I made the Wimbledon final, won the Olympics, won the US Open. I was close here as well. It was close.

"I know no one's ever won a slam the immediate one after winning their first one. It's not the easiest thing to do and I got extremely close."

It was not a hugely memorable final, with neither a flashy strokeplayer as much as a supreme defensive player, two same-age junior contemporaries who grew into friendly senior rivals. But if Djokovic's grand slam breakthrough came four years earlier, and he retains the superior record, Murray is a different player to the one who lost his first four grand slam finals. The Olympics, then the historic US Open success, changed that. But no one has ever backed up a debut grand slam title with success in the next, and his loss to Djokovic was his third from three Australian Open attempts.

Yet he gained the early advantage, despite being outplayed for much of the first set, Djokovic taken to deuce just once on his serve, while earning all five of the combined break points. The favourite threw himself so desperately into one forehand in the eighth game that he took skin from both elbow and knee, a backhand volley finishing the point that also drew the night's first semblance of a standing ovation. Plus a rare smile from Djokovic himself.

Djokovic played a horrible tie-breaker, opening with a double-fault, finishing with another forehand error, and unable to find a first serve, while Murray did not miss one. The momentum swing continued into the early stages of the second set, as it had at the US Open, the Scot winning the first seven points - for a run of 14 from the past 16 - to earn his first break chances of the match.

But Djokovic rallied to remain on level terms, and it was a hold he desperately needed, for Murray's level had risen, including his serve, and the top seed was in danger of losing touch. His forehand and overall unforced error count were damning, at least by comparison with the more frugal Murray, who was helped by the judicious use of slice, and, as ever, by his outstanding retrieval skills.

Yet, in some ways, the second set mirrored the first, but in reverse, when Murray earned the only break chances, but an untimely double-fault - a bird's feather floating onto the court in between serves - was crucial in in what turned out to be a one-sided tie-breaker. In comparison with the elite-returning pair's previous two grand slam meetings, which produced 35 combined service breaks, not one had come after well over two hours on Rod Laver Arena.

"After that (the second set tiebreaker) I felt just mentally a little bit lighter and more confident on the court than I'd done in the first hour or so," said Djokovic.

Of the feather, Murray said: "At this level it can come down to just a few points here or there," said Murray. "Probably my biggest chance was at the beginning of the second set, I didn't quite get it.

Murray's call for a trainer at one-set-all revealed another, nastier, problem: a horribly blistered right foot that was sprayed and padded and bound before he could resume. Bad news at any time; worse news against a super-fit reflection of self with the unwavering capacity to make you play and play and play.

A break had to come eventually, and it arrived in the eighth game, after almost three hours. While committed and competitive to the end, Murray was clearly troubled by his raw foot, and Djokovic grew stronger the further the match went.

Which was not nearly as far as last year, but the champion of 2008, 2011 and 2012 has never lost the championship match at Melbourne Park, and has won four of the past eight major singles titles, and contested two more finals. The last time Djokovic left Rod Laver Arena on finals night, it had become finals morning, after last year's almost-six-hour epic against Rafael Nadal. An earlier, tidier finish this time. And the pain all Murray's.

- The Age, Reuters

BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK: Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a point during his Australian Open final victory over Andy Murray.
BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK: Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a point during his Australian Open final victory over Andy Murray.