MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray seized the early advantage in the Australian Open final by taking the first set against Serbia's Novak Djokovic 7-6 on Sunday as he seeks to become the first British man to win the title since 1934.
The opening four games went relatively quickly and despite landing just one of his six first serves, Murray still won both of his service games to love.
Djokovic had the first opportunity to take an advantage when he held four break points in the sixth game, but Murray fought them all off as he began to find his range on his first serve and leveled at 3-3 with a kicking ace down the centre line.
The world number one held another break point in the eighth game, but Murray again saved and forced a tiebreak, which he sealed 7-2 after he had jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked like giving up.
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Patrick Johnston)
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