Serbian Novak Djokovic dispatches Andy Murray in straight sets to win his second Australian Open tennis final.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 30, 2011) EUROSPORT -Third seed Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-4 6-2 6-3 to win his second Australian Open on
Sunday (January 30), dashing British hopes of a first men's grand slam champion in 75 years.
Eye-balling Murray with intent across the net, Serbia's Davis Cup hero completely dominated the Scot, who came out flat and has now lost all three of his grand slam finals without winning a set.
Djokovic, who lifted his only previous major title in Melbourne three years ago, got off to a scorching start in energy-sapping heat supposed to favour fifth seed Murray.
Relentless pressure forced a forehand error from Murray, giving Djokovic the first set against last year's Australian Open runner-up, who played with a tired, hang-dog look throughout a surprisingly one-sided match.
Murray, rattled by noise from Djokovic's box and berating himself for his ineptitude, began to unravel in the second set.
A fired-up Djokovic took a stranglehold on the final by ripping another big forehand down the line, a dejected Murray slumping in his chair muttering to himself in despair.
Djokovic went for the jugular, breaking for 3-1 in the third set with a breath-taking backhand down the line, the Serbian pumping his fists and roaring with delight.
Murray immediately broke back but Djokovic, ice in his veins, blasted a forehand cross court to go 5-3 up and finished the job with another crunching forehand the Scot could only dump into the net after two hours 39 minutes.
Murray was bidding to become Britain's first male grand slam winner since Fred Perry in 1936.
He lost the 2008 U.S. Open final and last year's Melbourne final in straight sets, both times to Roger Federer and paid tribute Djokovic, who is his training partner and a good friend off court.
"He had an unbelievable tournament, deserves to win. So great job and I look forward to play him again in the future," the Scot said.
After throwing his racket, shirt and shoes into the crowd at a packed Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic said Murray's wait for a major trophy might one day come to an end.
"It is a tough one,. Hopefully, you will have another chance to win Grand Slam. I am sure with your talent you will," the Serb said.