Federer Does It Again, Beats Murray For 16th Grand Slam Title

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer has beaten Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) for his fourth Australian Open title, extending the British men

Roger Federer celebrates after beating Andy Murray to win the men's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne in Australia early Sunday.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer has beaten Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) for his fourth Australian Open title, extending the British men's drought in Grand Slam singles championships into a 74th year.

Murray was riding the hopes of a British public, most of whom have only read about the last British man to win a singles Grand Slam title - Fred Perry in 1936.

Federer won the lengthy third-set tiebreaker on his third match point after fending off five set points for Murray. He clinched the match in 2 hours, 41 minutes when Murray netted a backhand.

Murray and Federer last met in a Grand Slam final in the 2008 U.S. Open, where Federer won 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. That was Murray's first and only previous opportunity to end the British men's dry spell.


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