Murray clinches first set

Congleton Guardian: Andy Murray, pictured, expresses his delight after winning the first set against Novak Djokovic (AP) Andy Murray, pictured, expresses his delight after winning the first set against Novak Djokovic (AP)

Andy Murray came through some nervy moments to claim the first set of his Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic in a tie-break.

Djokovic was the more aggressive player but neither man could grab a break as it remained on serve until the breaker, which third seed Murray won 7-2.

Should he win, Murray would become the first player in the Open era to back up his first grand slam title by also winning the major which followed.

The early going was dominated by the serve with Murray particularly impressive.

But after failing to drop a point in his first two service games, Murray suddenly found himself under pressure at 2-3 as a long backhand saw him fall 15-40 down.

A wide forehand and a big Murray serve saw him get back to deuce but the Serbian continued to threaten.

He could not break through, though, a big serve, big forehand combination warding off the third break point while the fourth was saved as Djokovic put a backhand in the net.

Murray eventually held, as did Djokovic for 4-3 despite playing one shot from the baseline horizontally after slipping - he had terrible problems with his shoes in his fourth-round defeat of Stanislas Wawrinka.

The top seed was certainly having more joy on his opponent's serve and he carved out a fifth break point for a 5-3 lead but Murray got out of trouble by coming in to put away a high drive volley. It remained on serve - although Murray had to escape from a 15-30 jam at 5-6 - to go into a tie-break.

The momentum appeared with the Scot, especially as Djokovic continued to grumble about his footwear, and he raced into a 4-0 lead and duly got over the line as Djokovic put a forehand long.

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