Another overpowering win kept him head and shoulders above his peers at the Australian Open, but Novak Djokovic said fears of a “big slap from karma” make him humble as he continues his quest for Grand Slam history. The achievements keep coming for the supreme Serb after he smashed world number two Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in two hours, 53 minutes Sunday to lift his fourth trophy in five Grand Slams. It moved the 28-year-old to 11 Grand Slam titles, joint fifth on the all-time list and, at his current rate, closing fast on Roger Federer’s all-time record… Read More
Andy Murray insisted he wasn’t far away from matching Novak Djokovic despite his fourth defeat to the runaway world number one in the Australian Open final. Dad-to-be Murray paid the price for a slow start as he went down 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in a one-sided men’s final Sunday which only underlined the Serb’s supremacy.
(Repeat story published on Monday, no change to text) By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The battle to stay at the top of men’s tennis is like a fight to keep hungry wolves at bay, Novak Djokovic said on Sunday after clinching a record-equalling sixth Australian Open title with a 6-1 7-5 7-6(3) victory over Andy Murray. The 28-year-old world number one is currently dominating the men’s game like Roger Federer did a decade ago, but he is keen to ensure that he stays ahead of a ferocious chasing pack that includes the vanquished Murray. “I believe that… Read More
Britain’s Johanna Konta, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals, will miss next week’s Euro-Africa zone rounds of the Fed Cup in Israel with an intestinal issue, she said on Sunday. Konta became the first British woman into the last four of a grand slam in over 30 years before her exhilarating run was halted on Thursday by eventual champion Angelique Kerber. “I have been advised by the doctors that playing there would jeopardise an ongoing intestinal issue that got progressively worse through the Australian Open,” she said in a statement.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — In five previous Australian Open wins, Novak Djokovic had never felt so much love.