Melbourne, Feb 1: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic captured his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday to equal the record of Roy Stanley Emerson of Australia, the great champion of 1961, 1963-67.
Djokovic defeated Andy Murray of Scotland in four sets for the third time in a final at Melbourne Park to clinch his eighth Grand Slam championship crown. The Serb also denied Murray in the 2011 and 2013 Australian Open title matches. It was Djokovic's 50th match win at the prestigious tournament.
The 27-year-old Djokovic won his first major title at the Australian Open in 2008 defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and followed with three successive victories from 2011-13. He has won 32 of his past 33 matches at Melbourne Park.
Murray has now finished runner-up at the Australian Open four times. The 27-year-old Murray has now lost five matches in a row against Djokovic, with his last victory over the Belgrade native coming in the 2013 Wimbledon final.
The Scot was attempting to win his third Grand Slam championship; he won his first against Djokovic at the 2012 US Open.