AFP IS NOW CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT, after Novak Djokovic wore down Andy Murray over four sets to clinch a hat-trick of Australian Open titles in attritional style. The Serbian world number one lost the opening set in a tie-breaker but got progressively stronger to dominate the suffering Murray and win 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-2 in 3hr 40min. It was Djokovic's fourth Australian crown and his sixth Grand Slam title overall, and confirmed him as the game's top player.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his men's singles final against Britain's Andy Murray at the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 27, 2013.
1242 GMT: The camera flashes pop pop pop as Novak Djokovic, clad in a dark tracksuit top, holds aloft the winner's trophy. He says: "I love this court. I love this crowd out here. Thank you very much, and see you next year."
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