Novak Djokovic becomes the fifth man since the Open Era began in 1968 to win three straight Grand Slam finals. On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beat Maria Sharapova to take over the top ranking, all in her first Grand Slam final.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy during the awards ceremony after defeating Rafael Nadal.Rick Rycroft/Associated Press
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was pushed to the limit by Andy Murray in Friday’s Australian Open semifinal but rallied for a dramatic five-set victory to set up yet another Grand Slam final matchup against Rafael Nadal.