On Sunday, Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open for a record fifth time after defeating Andy Murray 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0 in the championship match.

The first two sets of the encounter alone have been gruelling for both players, with a great many switches of momentum, and lasting over 2h30.

Murray doesn’t hide his frustration

In the middle of the third set, however, Murray lost the plot completely, while Djokovic surged to dominate and put his hands on the first Grand Slam title of the season.

“I try to stay on the right path and committed to this sport in every possible way that I have had in the last couple of years and try to use this prime time of my career really where I’m playing and feeling the best at 27. This is why I play the sport, to win big titles and to put myself in a position to play also for the people around me. I know how much sacrifice they put in in my own career, and I try to thank them and not take anything for granted. As my life progresses, there are circumstances, situations, events that define these beautiful moments. Getting married and becoming a father in the last six months was definitely something that gave me a new energy, something that I never felt before. And right now everything has been going in such a positive direction in my life. I’m so grateful for that. So I try to live these moments with all my heart.”

– Novak Djokovic

With this Australian Open title, the world number one joins Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Ken Rosewall, and Fred Perry with eight majors.

Would he trade one of those Aussie Open crowns for a French Open? The Serbian smiled at that:

“No, I strongly believe everything happens for a reason in life. I try not to waste my energy thinking, What if, what if, so forth. For a reason I’ve been playing so well here and winning five titles, and for a reason I haven’t won French Open yet. I’ll keep pushing and keep working and keep believing I can make it, at least once, until my career ends.”