Melbourne: World No.1 Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in three straight sets 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 to claim his sixth Australian Open title on Sunday.
The Serbian tennis ace has thus become the first man in the Open era to win six Australian Open titles, and equalled Roy Emerson's record of six Australian Open trophies. He also joined the likes of Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on 11 career majors.
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a game during his men's singles final match against Britain's Andy Murray on day fourteen of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Djokovic started off sensationally in the final overwhelming Murray in the first set to win it 6-1 in just 30 minutes.
The second set was more evenly-matched with Murray raising his game. But it was Djokovic's night and he broke the British world number two to go 6-5 up and the serve it out 80-minute epic.
Murray put up a strong fight in the third, but ultimately Djokovic prevailed to start the season on a high.
Born a week apart 28 years ago, Djokovic and Murray have contested three previous finals at the Melbourne Park with the Serbian emerging triumphant on each occasion.
The Scot had to come through a four-hour, five-setter against Milos Raonic on Friday and the extra day`s rest that Djokovic enjoyed after his semi-final against Federer was also a factor in the final analysis.