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Live tennis commentary: 2013 Australian Open men's final

That wraps up our live blog coverage of the men's final at the 2013 Australian Open, bringing to an end our live coverage of the tournament. But the tennis news doesn't end there. Get online at this website first thing in the morning for the latest reports as we hear further from the tournament winner and runner-up, along with detailed reports and analysis from our experienced team of Linda Pearce, Greg Baum, Jake Niall and Richard Hinds. But, in the meantime, you can read a wrap of the tournament from Michael Gleeson. Thanks for joining us throughout the tournament. We'll do it all again next year!

Novak Djokovic

The winner, Novak Djokovic, takes to the microphone.

"First of all I have to congratulate Andy ... bad luck tonight and I wish you best of luck for the rest of the season," Djokovic said.

"What a job. It's an incredible feeling winning this trophy once again ... I love this court."

"I have to repeat Andy's words and thank (tournament director) Craig Tiley ... Thanks for doing such a good job."

"I want to thank my team for always being there."

The presentation lacks an edge of emotion, but there's no doubt there's genuine pride for the world No.1. It's appropriate that Agassi was on hard to present the trophy. Djokovic is edging, ever so slowly, towards his status.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is on the podium. He offers up warm acknowledgement for the Djokovic camp and, of course, special thanks for his own support team. Very good words for tournament director Craig Tiley. "He gets it," Murray said about the show put on by local organisers in Melbourne every January.

Novak Djokovic

The winner, Novak Djokovic, takes to the microphone.

"First of all I have to congratulate Andy ... bad luck tonight and I wish you best of luck for the rest of the season," Djokovic said.

"What a job. It's an incredible feeling winning this trophy once again ... I love this court."

"I have to repeat Andy's words and thank (tournament director) Craig Tiley ... Thanks for doing such a good job."

"I want to thank my team for always being there."

The presentation lacks an edge of emotion, but there's no doubt there's real pride for the world No.1. It's appropriate that Agassi was on hard to present the trophy.

Of course Djokovic joins Agassi as a four-time winner of the Australian Open. But it's fascinating to hear that the world No.1 is the first to manage three in a row since Roy Emerson. History before our eyes.

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We now get to the stage of the on-court presentations. We start with the boss of KIA. He's milking the moment! Announces that his company has signed a contract extension. The crowd offers up applause. Generously. But they're waiting for the players of course.

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-2

MATCH!
Novak Djokovic takes the Australian Open. For a third consecutive year! 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie' came the call from the ESPN man. A backhand from Murray that limply went into the net ended the contest after three hours and 40 minutes. Well done Novak! It was a good final, but not a great final. Murray was clearly hampered as the match went on. Who knows what would have happened had the Scot somehow been able to win the second set tie-break. Plaudits to both players. Djokovic a four-time winner of the Australian Open ....

The moment ...  Novak Djokovic celebrates winning championship point.
The moment ... Novak Djokovic celebrates winning championship point. Photo: Getty Images

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 5-2 (15-30)

Ohhh, the Serb hits his smash into the net but it trickles over and he wins the point. Had that been an error, it would have been 0-40 on serve. Murray is fighting to the finish. Djokovic offers up a hand of apology afterwards. Can he extend those words for the entire night?

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 5-2

Alas, Murray pushes the match out for at least one more game. After three hours and 35 minutes, Djokovic will serve for a third consecutive championship. Get ready for his post-match theatrics. The Serb will win.

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 5-1

The Serb is on the cusp. It was a dominant service game, but it was enough. Djokovic was pushed to 30-30 but came up with the big points. At two-sets-to-one up and 5-1 in the fourth, the engraver is getting ready with the men's trophy. Can Murray at least hold serve for one final time?

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 4-1

BREAK! It's slipping away now for Murray. Fast. Djokovic is running on top of the ground. Sadly for the Scot, he dropped serve with a double fault after struggling to hold. It's only a matter of time now before Djokovic is holding aloft the trophy. At 11.11pm local time, newspaper editors around the country are now dealing with the sudden reality that this match will definitely make the papers.

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 3-1

The Serb holds, ensuring a 30-30 scoreline in that game is of little concern. Djokovic is on the verge of racing away with the match and winning a third straight championship. Simply Murray has no choice but to hold in the next game. He's 'clinging to life' in the words of one TV commentator.

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 2-1

BREAK! Atmosphere is on a knife's edge and swings one way, then the other. Djokovic goes up a break in the fourth leading two sets to love.

A nice little stats offering from Brad Gilbert:

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 1-1

A chance goes begging for Murray. Djokovic holds after fighing off a break point. At 30-40 down a 202km/h serve did the trick and the Serb pushed the game to deuce. Two more winning points made it 1-1 in the fourth set. Absorbing tennis.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 0-1

Murray holds! He was taken to deuce but came up with the goods. The Serb was destined to earn a break point with a screeching backhand across court but Murray deftly got his racquet down and managed an amazing drop shot. Advantage. Then followed a strong serve to the body of Djkovic to see Murray move to a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Brilliant tennis.

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3

NOVAK TAKES THE SET! Remarkable. It only took 41 minutes, for an overall match time of two hours and 54 minutes. The world No.1 obviously has the momentum but does anyone want to venture that the Scot is out of this match? Fascinating to see an exchange between Murray and the chair umpire at the end of the set with the US Open champion taking the moment to vent his frustration about a heckler in the crowd.

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 5-3

Murray saves two break points but a 0-40 deficit on serve proved too great. Djokovic breaks! Hold the front page. The world No.1 will now serve for a two-sets-to-love lead in the final. That was the big game.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 4-3 (40-0)

THREE BREAK POINTS! That's extraodinary by itself. This match has gone close to three hours and we haven't had a break of serve. Huge moments coming up.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 4-3 (15-0)

A huge point. Djokovic edges ahead on Murray's serve after a 36-point rally! It ended with a forehand winner from Djokovic to the corner of the court. Jim Courier describes it as the point of the match, decided by the winner of the match thus far.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] versus Andy Murray (GBR) [3], 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 4-3

Djokovic holds serve with relative ease. Just a few minor worrying signs for Murray. His right blistering foot has the chance to trouble him and there's just a few glimpses that he's looking to end points earlier than normal. He had to dig deep. For a few hours yet.

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