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The ‘Happy Slam’ finished with the world number one holding onto his perfect record at Melbourne Park and a Brazilian doubles champ taking two titles.
By
Christophe Mallet, Dario Castaldo

1 Feb 2016 - 1:29 AM  UPDATED 1 Feb 2016 - 11:39 AM

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It was an indisputable success for world number one Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 to clinch his sixth Australian Open championship. The 28-year-old Serbian took the Norman Brookes Cup with a dominant performance in two hours and 53 minutes.

He now joins Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg with 11 Grand Slam singles titles, while his sixth Australian Open title equals the record set by Aussie Roy Emerson.

Andy Murray became the first player to lose the final of the same major five times, having been defeated by Federer in 2010 and by Djokovic in the tournament decider four times in the past five years.

He stays at number two in the rankings.

Earlier, first-time partners Bruno Soares and Elena Vesnina captured the mixed doubles crown - defeating Romanian Horia Tecau and American Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 4-6, 10-5.

It was the second Grand Slam title in less than 20 hours for Brazilian Soares, who already picked up the men’s doubles title with Brit Jamie Murray the night before.

The ‘doubles double’ has not been achieved at the Australian Open since Mark Woodforde back in 1992.

Here’s the 2016 Open in numbers:

  •  A total of 861 players competed across all events, including juniors, wheelchair and legends categories.
  •  The stringers’ hut restrung 5292 racquets, using more than 63 km of string.
  •  50,000 tennis balls were used during the event.
  •  Fifty four nations were represented. Eighteen Australians took part in the main draw singles, with seven players advancing to the second round, four to the third and two to the fourth round.
  •  A record breaking number of 720,636 fans passed through the gates at Melbourne Park. 13,000 more than last year.