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Novak Djokovic ties Australian Open record with sixth championship – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 1st, 2016 by Ian

Novak Djokovic ties Australian Open record with sixth championship
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia tied a men’s singles tennis tournament record in Melbourne on Sunday, January 31 when he won the Australian Open for the sixth time. The 28-year-old beat Andy Murray of Scotland in three straight sets 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) to equal the previous mark of half a dozen wins which was set by Roy Emerson of Australia. Djokovic reached the final this year by beating Roger Federer in the semis while Murray made it by taking out Milos Raonic of Canada. Emerson won his six Australian Opens in a short period of time as he achieved the feat between 1961 and 1967.

However, Emerson’s victories came in an era when amateurs were still participating in the tournament. Djokovic previously won the Australian Open in 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2008. The Serbian has now won 11 major singles championships which ties him for fifth on the all-time career list with former Swedish star Bjorn Borg and Australian legend Rod Laver. Djokovic said he knew he had a chance to tie Emerson for the record with a win against Murray and that helped to motivate him and play his best tennis.

As far as the 28-year-old Scotsman Murray goes, he just can’t seem to catch a break. He pushed Djokovic all the way on Sunday, but has now lost all five finals that he’s reached at the Australian Open to set a record at one tournament. However, Murray shouldn’t feel too discouraged though since another tennis great also lost the same Grand Slam event several times. For instance, Ivan Lendl dropped five finals as the U.S. Open, but he did manage to win it on three occasions. In addition, Murray has also won the Davis Cup, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open in the past.

The second-seeded Murray has lost to the top-ranked Djokovic in 11 of their past 12 meetings and has lost in the Australian Open finals to him four times. His other defeat came at the hands of Federer back in 2010. After the match Murray told the press, “I don’t know how far off I was tonight. The first set, you know, I wasn’t there, but the second and third sets I think were very close, but I think I could have played a bit better.”

It’s obvious that Djokovic likes playing on hardcourts since 11 of his major singles crowns have been won on them. These include a pair at the U.S. Open and his six Australian Opens. The only Grand Slam event Djokovic has failed to win so far is the French Open, which is played on clay. He’s made it to three of the last four finals, but lost all of them. His goal this year will be to finally triumph in France and possibly become the first men’s singles player to win all four major tournaments in the same year. The last man to do it was Laver back in 1969 when he achieved the feat for the second time. Djokovic has also mentioned that he’d like to compete in the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer.

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