World number one Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in straight sets to win his sixth Australian Open title and condemn the Briton to a fifth final defeat.
Djokovic won 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3) to claim his sixth Melbourne title, tying the record of Australia’s Roy Emerson as he also drew level with tennis greats Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on 11 Grand Slam titles.
Second seed Murray has now lost all five Australian Open finals he has played, four of them against Djokovic and the Scot became only the second man – behind his former coach Ivan Lendl at the US Open – to lose five finals at the same Grand Slam since the open era began in 1968.
Djokovic has now won four of the past five major tournaments, including three in a row, and will try to complete his career Grand Slam with a first French Open title in June.
In the women’s singles, Germany’s Angelique Kerber stunned world number one Serena Williams in three sets to win her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
Kerber who is seeded seventh, won a thrilling final 6-4 3-6 6-4 at Melbourne Park.The 28-year-old became the first German to win a major singles title since Steffi Graf at the 1999 French Open.
Williams was beaten for just the fifth time in 26 Grand Slam finals, and the American missed the chance to tie Graf’s open-era record of 22 titles.
Kerber, who saved a match point in her first-round win over Misaki Doi, will move up to number two in the world rankings.
As compiled by our On-line Corespondent