By Katie Finnegan
Novak Djokovic continued his relentless winning run, beating Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3) in the final of the Australian Open. He equals Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open titles.

Murray recovered from a one-sided opening set to make the next two sets competitive. He pushed Djokovic at times with aggressive play but could not dent Djokovic's brilliant defence on a regular basis, unforced errors proving costly.

The world number 2 immediately showed his intent to be aggressive. It almost paid off, with Murray earning a break point after trading backhands. But the Serb found his range, injecting pace on a crosscourt backhand to fire a winner.

Murray’s bright start was quickly extinguished. Perhaps unsettled by the way Djokovi...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray today outlasted Milos Raonic to make his ninth slam final. The Scot emerged from a turbulent match, in which the Canadian suffered a groin injury, with a 4-6 7-5 6-7 6-4 6-2 victory.

A defining characteristic of Murray’s game is the ability to look like he’s about to lose, right up to the point where he finds a way to win. That was never more in evidence than after the third set in Melbourne this evening.

Raonic, looking like a cross between a baby-faced assassin and a baby giraffe, serves out of a tree, so it wasn’t an auspicious start for Murray to lose his serve to love in game one.

A new, improved Raonic displayed his more-rounded all-court game to hang on for 5-4 and then administered the coup de grace on the first...
By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray is into the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the sixth time after beating Spain's David Ferrer 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3.

Matches between the pair are typically physical encounters, dominated by long rallies. At 3 hours and 49 minutes, this meeting was no exception.

Murray began well, breaking once to take the opening set. This was crucial, as having to come from behind to beat someone as dogged as Ferrer in a best-of-five match can put a dampener on a player's chances for the rest of the tournament.

The second set, however, was a closer affair as the Spaniard upped his first serve percentage to give Murray a sterner test. After a break apiece, the tiebreak went to Ferrer and the spectators buckled up for a tight ...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray beat Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the seventh consecutive year.

It was an up-and-down match, both players unable to maintain their best tennis for long periods. But Murray matches up well against Tomic and he continued his success against the Australian - yet to drop a set in four meetings.

Murray started in excellent fashion, an immediate break putting him ahead. But his advantage wasn't to last long and Tomic put them back on level terms in the fourth game after winning a long rally.

The world number 2 trusted in his return though and struck straight back, gaining two break points after a 32-shot rally that ended with a trademark dropshot. Tomic made a loose for...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray tonight survived a spirited challenge from Joao Sousa to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open. The Scot emerged from an entertaining affair under the Melbourne lights with a 6-2 3-6 6-2 6-2 win in a shade under three hours.

This was the pair’s fourth meeting in slams. When Sousa eats too much cheese at night and closes his eyes, he must see a wild-eyed Scotsman pursuing him with a three-day old baguette through the Bois de Boulogne, or hunting him down, croc-like, along the banks of the Yarra river.

Indeed, this was their third encounter in the Australian Open, and Sousa had yet to win a set. But the Portuguese is up to a career high ranking of 33 and capable of troubling the best for a set or two.

Murray b...
By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray moved into the third round of the Australian Open with a straightforward 6-0 6-4 6-1 win over local hope Sam Groth.

In the locker room prior to the match, Groth had betrayed his nerves at playing for the first time on Rod Laver Arena within earshot of Murray and the Scot took advantage of the big man's unease in a one-sided first set. Despite famously possessing the fastest serve in the game, the New South Welshman was overwhelmed by a mixture of Murray's now-trademark lobs and passing shots.

The world number 2 won an impressive 59% of return points in this set, while Groth could for once not land a single ace. The early blitz was complete when Murray broke for a third straight time and wrapped up the set 6-0.

The sec...
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