Djokovic beats Murray for 3rd straight Australian Open title

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the second set during the men’s final against Britain’s Andy Murray at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. AP

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 in Sunday’s final to become the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles.

After two sets without a service break, top-ranked Djokovic broke Murray in the eighth game of the third set to seize momentum in the match.

It was Djokovic’s sixth major title and his fourth at Melbourne Park, where he is unbeaten in 21 matches.

Murray beat Djokovic in the U.S. Open final last year to win his first Grand Slam title and end a 76-year drought for British men at the majors. The 25-year-old Scotsman has now lost three Australian Open finals.

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