If there was any suspense regarding the Men’s Australian Open Champion when the tournament started, it was emphatically put to rest Sunday night when Novak Djokovic dispatched Andy Murray in straight sets, 6 1 7-5 7-6(7-3).
It was Djokovic’s sixth Australian Open title and it gives him 11 career Grand Slam majors, placing him equal to Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg in that category. Next up in his chase of Grand Slam records is the 12 of Roy Emerson.
Given the way the Djokovic seems all but unbeatable at the moment, he might come close to catching Pete Sampras at 14 this year. Rafael Nadal has 14 also, and since he is still active, he could potentially add to his total, with the best opportunity being the clay courts in Paris where the French Open is played. The limiting factor of that potential, however, is that Nadal would have to get past Djokovic at some point, and the big Serb pounds tennis balls with complete disregard to the surface on which they are bouncing.
That would leave only Roger Federer’s 17 majors ahead of him. Seventeen is a long way beyond 11, but if Federer can be eliminated by the likes of Andy Murray, it would require a series of almost unimaginable good fortune for him to add an 18th major title.