A roundup of what you may have missed overnight from Novak Djokovic’s record-breaking 6-7 (2), 7-6 (43, 6-3, 6-1 win over Andy Murray in the Australian Open final.
Australian Open TV highlights:
Djokovic falls, still wins point:
Djokovic kicks tennis ball:
• Of his six Grand Slam titles, Djokovic has won four at the Australian Open.
• Djokovic is the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open three straight times. He now has a 21-match win streak at the tournament.
• No man has ever won the Slam immediately following his maiden Slam title, as Murray attempted.
• Heading into Sunday, Djokovic and Murray had the same number of career losses: 129.
• The match started with 31 straight holds of serve.
• In the first-set tiebreak, Murray made all seven of his first serves. Djokovic made none.
• The loss was Murray’s first of the year.
• Djokovic’s win means the No. 1 seed won all four major titles at the Australian Open (men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles) for the first time since 1997 Wimbledon.
• Murray on the feather that floated down on court during the second-set tiebreak:
“It just caught my eye before I served. I thought it was a good idea to move it. Maybe it wasn’t because I obviously double faulted. No, you know, at this level it can come down to just a few points here or there. My probably biggest chance was at the beginning of the second set; didn’t quite get it. When Novak had his chance at the end of the third, he got his.”
• Murray on whether the blisters on his foot affected his play:
“I mean, 90 percent of the players on the tour will have played this tournament with some sort of blister or problem, you know. It had no bearing at all on the result. It just hurts a little bit when you run.”
• Djokovic on receiving the trophy from Andre Agassi:
“He was I think one of the first baseline groundstroke players on the tour. Most of the players before him were playing serve and volley. That’s where the game started to change a bit and you could have more players winning the events from the baseline. So it was obviously a big pleasure and honor for me to receive the trophy from him.
• Djokovic, who is one French Open away from a career Grand Slam, looking forward to Roland Garros:
“Of course, I want to go all the way in French Open. I went to the finals last year and had a great match against Rafa [Nadal], but he’s always the favorite on that surface and he’s the ultimate player to beat on clay. But I think if I continue on playing well, stay healthy, I can have a chance.”
• Djokovic handed out chocolates to the press, part tradition and part apology for skipping further media obligations because he has to fly to Europe in the morning for Davis Cup.
“There is a little tradition that we try to initiate in World Tour Finals in London, the end of the year, the last press conference, gave chocolate to all the people who were in the press. I want to start the year with the same thing, if you allow me. Let’s keep it sweet.”
Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) January 27, 2013
Djoker (6) + Nadal (11) = Federer (17)—
Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) January 27, 2013
The happy slam is over. Time to warm up for the snooty slam, the dirty slam and the trashy slam.—
Tennis East Coast (@TennisEastCoast) January 27, 2013