Serb makes it a hat-trick of titles in succession Down Under.
Novak Djokovic retained his Australian Open title by beating No 3 seed Andy Murray at Melbourne Park.
The world No 1 beat the Scot 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-2 to make it three wins in a row at the tournament, and so becoming the first man since 1968 to claim a hat-trick of Australian Open titles.
In the first set where neither player could break the others serve Murray deservedly won on a tiebreak 7-2, to take the early lead.
Djokovic then levelled the match at one-set-all after a tiebreak, again a set in which neither player could break the others serve.
Murray received a medical time-out before the third set to have some very painful blisters treated on his right foot.
Murray was then treading gingerly and Djokovic took full advantage as he finally broke serve in the eighth game of the third set and then the Serb held to love to lead by two sets-to-one.
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Djokovic earned two more service breaks in the fourth set, including one to take a 4-1 lead when US Open champion Murray double-faulted on break point.
The world number one was now in the ascendancy and after taking the fourth 6-3, he broke Murray again twice in the final set to win 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-2 after three hours and 40 minutes.
It was left to former four-time winner Andre Agassi to do the honours as the ecstatic Serb lifted the Norman Brookes trophy.
The win consolidated Djokovic’s position as the number one-ranked player in the world, while Federer and Murray will be second and third when the ATP rankings are released Monday.
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