Federer claims Australian Open title
(CNN) -- Roger Federer swept aside Britain's Andy Murray in
straight sets to win the Australian Open final and claim the 16th grand
slam of his record breaking career on Sunday.
World number one Federer gave fifth seed Murray few opportunities to
create an upset on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne and completed a 6-3
6-4 7-6 (13-11)victory in two hours 41 minutes.
"I have played some of the best tennis of my last in the last two
weeks," he told a capacity crowd. "This is very special because it's my
first grand slam as a father."
Federer's wife Mirka, who was a constant presence at courtside during
the championship, gave birth to their twin girls last summer.
Murray went into the match with high hopes of being the first Briton
since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a grand slam tournament and with a 6-4
lead in career meetings with the Swiss maestro.
But Federer, who lost out to Rafael Nadal in an emotional finale last
year, was not going to make the same mistake this time and tellingly had
beaten Murray in their only other grand slam final meeting at the 2008
This is very special because it's my first grand slam as a
Federer gained an early break in the opening set but his 22-year-old
opponent hit back to tie it at 2-2 and then had chances to move ahead for
the first time.
Federer saved two break points to go 3-2 behind and the momentum was
now crucially in his favor.
Murray held service for 3-3 but Federer broke him at 4-3 in a run of
three straight games which saw him serve out confidently for the opening
set in 43 minutes.
The writing was on the wall for the underdog as Federer continued to
dominate at the start of the second set and the Swiss ace broke again for
an early advantage.
Murray could not force a single break point against the top seed's
service and Federer sealed the second set in 46 minutes with a sweeping
But Murrray showed signs of a revival in the third set as errors crept
into Federer's game and he capitalized to break for 4-2, converting his
second chance with a passing shot.
However, the Scot was broken back as he served for the set at 5-4 and
the match went into a concluding tiebreak, which proved a classic.
Murray had five set points before Federer claimed his fourth Australian
Open title on his third championship point as he forced his opponent to
net a backhand return.
Murray paid a tribute of his own to Federer, fighting back the tears as
he addressed the crowd.
"I can cry like Roger, it's just a shame I can't play like him," he
said to huge cheers.
Federer sportingly tried to console Murray. "Andy
you're too good a player not win a grand slam, so don't worry about it,"