Twenty-four hours after heavy favorite Serena Williams went down in the women's final, world No. 1 and five-time champion Novak Djokovic made certain he would not be felled by the same fate in the Australian Open men's decider.
Djokovic, 28, continued his dominance in men's tennis with a hard-fought yet decisive triumph over world No. 2 Andy Murray in what was a rematch of the men's final from a year ago, the Serbian capturing a record-tying sixth title here Sunday with a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 performance.
With the title, Djokovic claims an 11th Grand Slam trophy and third in a row, expanding his recent ruling over what many call "the Golden Era" of the men's game with Djokovic, Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka as the leading cast of characters in the Grand Slam conversation.