Live tennis commentary: 2013 Australian Open men's final
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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!

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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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?

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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.

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?