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Summary

  1. Djokovic beats Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6
  2. Serb wins his sixth title in Melbourne
  3. Murray loses his fifth Australian Open final
  4. Click audio icon to listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Andy Murray
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Of course, Andy Murray won't be thinking that far ahead. He's thinking about finding his passport, dashing to the airport and flying home as quickly as possible to be by the side of his pregnant wife Kim.

Then he will be thinking of dirty nappies and catching some zeds on the sofa whenever he can over the next couple of months.

The soon-to-be new father will then return to the court in early March when Great Britain face Japan in the Davis Cup.

Good luck Mr and Mrs Murray! Until next time...

So where next? Obviously there is plenty of tour tennis to be played but attention will quickly turn to Roland Garros in late May/early June. Almost as quickly as you can chant 'Grand Slam' a 1000 times.

Djokovic has now won four of the past five major tournaments, including three in a row, and will try to complete his career Grand Slam with a first French Open title at the next major.

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Arun: Murray's achievements are brilliant given that he's played in the era of 3 greats Djokovic, Nadal & Federer!

Lee: A Golden Era of Tennis is over. It's gonna be Novak dominating for a few more years to come.   

Paul Collins: The only people who don't like Djokovic are those people who are bitter that he's better than who they support. Legend!

Only One Direction for Djokovic...

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Anyone got Novak Djokovic down as a One Direction fan? Me neither. But it turns out 1D's Niall Horan is "big pals" with the world number one. Like he is with Rory McIlroy and Cristiano Ronaldo. And countless footballers and basketballers. Rent-a-fan...

Anyway Niall is hanging around in the Rod Laver Arena corridor, greeting his mate with a handshake, warm hug and few words of congratulation.

The best ever?

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

“Djokovic is phenomenal. He’s the best there is at the moment and maybe the best there ever has been.

“Bjorn Borg had the same aura. You could never get a winner past him and he would crush you.”

Djokovic 'honoured' to join legends

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic has struggled to be loved as universally as his great peers Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal. But there's no doubting that he is ranked as one of the greatest tennis players of all-time.

The Serb's 11th Grand Slam victory moves him joint fourth in terms of all-time wins, alongside Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg. And his sixth Aussie Open titles moves him alongside Roy Emerson.

"I'm extremely honoured to be mentioned alongside legends of our sport like Rod Laver and Roy Emerson," says the Serb.

"To match the record of six Australian Opens of one of the greatest players of game is a privilege."

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Katie Wilson: I think I will stick to football predictions in future .

Joseph Murphy: Serena was deemed unbeatable, she wasn't. Novak was deemed unbeatable, he was.

Kat Hartwell Goose: Can't help but admire Djokovic, he is sensational! Now it's time for Murray to enjoy being dad.

'Each Slam is unique'

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Boris Becker
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Boris Becker still looks choked as his man Djokovic thanks the German legend and the rest of his team for helping him claim his sixth Australian Open title.

"I want to thank my team, each time we play a Grand Slam it is a unique kind of feeling where we all have to breed as one and live each hour with a purpose and a goal. 

"We've been here for three weeks in the hope we can get this trophy, so I thank you guys. I love you and thanks for your support."

"I'm inspired"

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Some words of wisdom from a woman who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles...

Congrats @DjokerNole on tying Roy Emerson with 6 #AusOpen titles! The standard you've set is incredible. I'm inspired.🔥 #11andcounting #peak

I know @andy_murray will have his day in Melbourne. It's a pleasure to watch you play. Enjoy this special time with Kim & family. 💐 #AusOpen

'Andy will have more chances to win this trophy'

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Novak Djokovic
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Djokovic starts off his victory speech by wishing Murray and his wife Kim all the best for the impending arrival of their first child. See, we knew he was human after all.

"I need to pay respect to Andy for having another great tournament. Tough luck tonight," he says with sincerity.

"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."

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) Murray

Novak Djokovic
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"A big welcome to the man who has won six from six...Novak Djokovic!"

The champion strolls out to take the acclaim of Rod Laver Arena, to the sound of some spectators singing 'ole, ole, ole'...

"I feel like I've been here before"

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Andy Murray
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"I feel like I've been here before," laughs Murray.

"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.

Murray then thanks all the ball-kids, officials, volunteers and fans. Nice touch.

He continues: "To all of the ex-players watching. Thank you for coming. It makes it even more special playing in front of you. 

"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."

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) Murray

Murray manages to keep himself composed - until he looks down the camera and speaks directly to his pregnant missus Kim.

"I'm be home soon..." he says before tearfully breaking off.

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) Murray

Andy Murray
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Inside the arena that bears his name, the legendary Rod Laver wearily applauds as one of the tournament directors thanks everyone whose hard work has helped these past couple of weeks run like clockwork.

I'm sure the great man isn't slow clapping him off stage. Anyway...he's done. Runner-up Andy Murray is introduced into the middle of the court to huge cheers...

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) Murray

Both players stand in the middle of the court, surrounded by flag-holding ballboys and various suited officials. Time for a cringeworthy speech by one of the chief sponsors before we get down to dishing out the trophies...

"Murray's got better, but so has Djokovic"

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Murray wasn't denting Djokovic early in the match but boy, that second set came alive. 

"Andy's backhand cross court was spectacular. Some of the best shots I've seen in my life.

"But he needed to be more intense. Players have to realise that Djokovic blows through the players with deep powerful hitting. You're forced into errors and the set's gone. 

"Murray needed to be on the ball and he wasn't. Murray has improved since last year, but so has Djokovic. He's become tougher to beat under pressure."

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) Murray

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray slumps in his courtside chair, motionless, staring straight ahead. Thoughts of what might have been racing through his mind, I'm sure.

At least the soon-to-be father can catch that 3:30am flight back to get home to pregnant wife Kim....

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Nasir: Djokovic is formidable! In a different era, Murray would have won a few more grand slams by now.

Paul Adam: Murray had his chances, but Novak always seems to to come out on top in the key points

Kevin Keen: Djokovic is the GOAT. He's unmatchable in almost every aspect of the game. Unbelievable.

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) Murray

Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker
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Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic
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Djokovic's coach Boris Becker is almost in tears in the stands. The German has just seen his man create history by equalling Roy Emerson's record for the most Australian Open titles.

Djokovic shakes heads with Murray at the net, blows a kiss to his fans  then wanders over to his box to celebrate.

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) Murray

Novak Djokovic
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There's almost a stunned silence in Rod Laver Arena as everyone inside realises Novak Djokovic has clinched a sixth Aussie Open title in style.

They soon find their voice as the Serb collapses to the blue acrylic surface in triumph. He even has a quick smooch with the surface that he loves.

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Lucas: Djokovic The Destroyer! Murray never really looked like he had a chance. Joy to watch, even for a Murray fan.  

Pete Thompson: Is there anyone who can stop Djokovic at any grand slam in 2016? He seems so far ahead right now. 

Hannah Jordan: Not the straight sets I had in mind...

Game, set and match - Djokovic

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) Murray

Novak Djokovic
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The Serb fans are still singing. They're confident. Djokovic to serve for the title...

Easy! An ace straight down the middle.

Novak Djokovic is the 2016 Australian Open champion!

Tie-break

*Djokovic 6-1 7-5 6-6 (6-3) Murray

Murray ace! One way to fend off championship points. It's 6-2.

Djokovic then hits long on the baseline and Murray's staying put for now. 

Tie-break

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 6-6 (6-1) Murray*

Djokovic goes down the centre again - but just fluffs his lines. Second serve.. goers short...Murray replies but then goes long. 

Five Championship points for Novak Djokovic....

Tie-break

*Djokovic 6-1 7-5 6-6 (5-1) Murray

Another humdinger of a Djokovic serve. Straight down the middle, Murray gets string on it, but it is too powerful.

Tie-break

*Djokovic 6-1 7-5 6-6 (4-1) Murray

Andy Murray
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Murray wipes the sweat from his forehead.

His serve just makes it in and then he slices a backhand winner. One point gained.

But another double fault. Murray is not happy. Nerves are kicking in. 

Tie-break

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 6-6 (3-0) Murray*

Djokovic serve...numero uno...an ace straight down the T. Hawkeye confirms that and is greeted by a round of applause. His second? A brief scuffle ends in Murray whacking a weak forehand into the tape. Djoko is coasting towards game, set and match.

Tie-break

*Djokovic 6-1 7-5 6-6 (1-0) Murray

Andy Murray
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Murray's first serve hits the net. Bam.

A very late call and it's a double fault. Murray challenges but it was out. Not a great start for the Briton. 

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 6-6 Murray*

We never said breaking that Djokovic serve would be easy. The world number one eases to 40-0 with his fifth ace of the match, but then leaves the back door open for Murray. The Briton tiptoes in like a cat burglar, planting in a backhand volley for 40-30. But Muzza blinks first in a long rally as Djokovic hangs on to send this third set into a tie-break...

Murray to serve first in the breaker...

*Djokovic 6-1 7-5 5-6 Murray

Andy Murray
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The longer this match goes on, the better Andy Murray's serving is becoming. Virtually flawless from the Briton who slings down a couple of second serve winners, taking his win percentage to 38% on those points, That again moves him within one game of taking this match into a fourth set.

Level-pegging

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 5-5 Murray*

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"There's very little between these two from the baseline. If Murray wins this set, it could eek away from Djokovic."

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 5-5 Murray*

Andy Murray
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Plenty of manic grinning from Andy Murray. Usually after he has been unable to get anywhere near a Djokovic winner. The Serb's serve is left relatively untroubled by the Briton - to the delight of a man in the Rod Laver Arena crowd wearing a T-shirt with Novak's shadowy face on the front and a Serbian flag draped over his shoulders.

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Andrew Speakman: The flawed passionate brilliance of Murray v the cold robotic genius of Djokovic. Compelling, but only going one way. Surely?

Joe McCormack: Andy Murray beginning the best comeback since that of the Rolling Stones?

*Djokovic 6-1 7-5 4-5 Murray

Novak Djokovic
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A strong service game from Murray to which Djokovic has few answers. That puts the Briton within another game of taking this match into a fourth set. The problem? He has to break Djokovic's serve to clinch it.

Djokovic 6-1 7-5 4-4 Murray*

Murray volleys his way back to 15-15, then levels again when Djokovic double faults for 30-30. Last time the Serb double faulted he produced another straight after.

Not this time. Although he adopts a rather conservative approach, going out wide with a cautious delivery, it goes unpunished by Murray. That helps Djokovic secure his hold seconds later.

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Sam Scrivens: Murray growing into this set. Djokovic starting to look a little rattled. Come on Andy!!!

Toby McMaster: Come on Murray, not over 'til it's over. One break and you're back in this.

Ben Wear: Thanks Andy, I was about to do something productive with my day, but you've just started the greatest comeback ever.

*Djokovic 6-1 7-5 3-4 Murray

Andy Murray
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Murray partially eases the intense pressure as he moves ahead in the third set for the first time. Excellent stuff from the second seed as he leads 40-15, wrapping up the game when Djokovic cracks a forehand way past the baseline. A glimmer of hope?