The men’s final of the year’s first Grand Slam was a genuine declaration of strength on behalf of the world leader of men’s Tennis. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) dominated Andy Murray in a match which he controlled with a true gladiator’s ferocity. This year’s most recent tennis representation in the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne featured the first two ranked in the world tennis hierarchy.

Although Andy Murray (Scotland) is renowned for his tenacity on the tennis court as well as for his warlike personality, these things did not prove to be to the advantage of the Scottish player.

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Murray thus lost the 5th final in Melbourne out of a total of five. This must have left the Scottish player frustrated. No matter who his adversary was, whether it be Federer, Nadal, or Wawrinka, Murray was unable to leave behind this mental block represented by the decisive matches in the Grand Slam finals.

Djokovic’s victory in 3 sets 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 leads us to a rather justified question: is there anybody in the men’s circuit capable of ending the domination of the Serbian tennis player?

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Over the past two years Djokovic managed to dominate the masculine competition, except for a few brief break periods. In the Australian Open the Serbian player won the 11th Grand Slam trophy of his career, this being his 5th one in the Rod Laver Arena.

The game against Murray showed that Djokovic is determined to break one record after another to beat the achievement of 17 Grand Slam trophies currently held by the Swiss player Roger Federer.

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Djokovic’s performance was as usual: lengthy tennis sets, genuine physical and mental strength tests for his adversary. Murray caved in the key moments of the match.

Maybe the result would have been different if the Scottish player hadn't made so many mistakes in his game, the number of unforced errors exceeding 60. Although one might say the pressure of a Grand Slam final might prove overwhelming for some tennis players.

As a fresh winner in Melbourne, Djokovic left us with a memorable image: he kissed the tennis ground with joy at the end of the match. He had done a similar gesture when he won at Wimbledon for the first time.

Djokovic is undoubtedly one of the greatest champions in tennis history, but will he become the greatest among champions? Only time will tell.

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