Murray v Djokovic: Five crucial points

  • Last Updated: January 27 2013, 13:00 GMT

Novak Djokovic claimed his third successive Australian Open title with a battling 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-2 success over Andy Murray. Here, we look at the key points which helped decide the final.

:: Leading by one set to love, Murray goes 0-40 up on the Djokovic serve in game two of the second set in the hunt for an early break. But assisted by a splayed backhand into the tramlines by Murray on his third and final break point chance, Djokovic rallies to take the game and level the set at 1-1.

:: Djokovic seizes the advantage in the crucial second set tie-break when his superb return prompts Murray to net, giving the Serbian three set points at 6-3 in the breaker. Djokovic duly converts to level the match at one set all.

:: Djokovic flips a stunning forehand winner at the end of a 36-stroke rally to go 0-15 up on the Murray serve at 4-3 in the third set. It gives him the initiative he needs to break Murray before serving out for a 2-1 lead.

:: Djokovic claws his way out of a hole in the second game of the fourth set, summoning a big serve when he needs it most to claw the game back to deuce before going on to win it and level the set at 1-1.

:: Murray, already a break down in the fourth set, is effectively consigned to defeat when, after a forehand into the tramlines gives Djokovic break point, the Scot double faults to go a double-break down, from which there is no return.