Novak Djokovic became just the second man to win five Australian Open titles as the world number one saw of the challenge of Andy Murray to win his eighth grandslam in Melbourne with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-0 victory.
Murray failed to capitalise on three early break points in the first set and Djokovic hit back racinf into a 4-1 lead but the Scot clawed his way back to 4-3 when Djokovic ambitious backhand crashed into the net.
The Serb broke Murray again for 5-3, but in doing so injured his thumb after he slipped and it cost him as the Scot broke straight back. The set would be decided by a tie break in which Djokovic prevailed 7-5.
Murray raced into a 2-0 in the seocnd but the Scot began to crumble as Djokovic broke back twice to take a 4-2 lead. There was a halt to proceedings when two people jumped on the court.
This did not phase fourth seed Murray as he took advantage of Djokovic’s errors to force another tie-break. The Scot took a 6-2 lead and while the Serbian saved two set points Murray avoided any collapse to levels things up.
Andy Murray broke Djokovic in the first game of the third set but the Serb replied in the fourth to level things up before he broke the Scot again in the eighth game and retained his serve to take a 2-1 lead.
Murray crumbled in the fourth set as Djokovic ran ragged on the scot with three break points to take a 5-0 advantage and then kept his serve as he sealed victory on the second match-point as Murray could only blast his shot into the net.
The win means Djokovic surpasses Andre Agassi and Roger Federer as the most decorated champion in the Open Era at Meboune Park and is now just one off Roy Emerson in the all-time records.
As for Murray it is the fourth time he has lost in the final at and third to Djokovic after the 2011 and 2013 finals.
More results from the final day of the Australian Open are available here.