Was it all because of the feather?
After a riveting first two sets that saw both players impenetrable on serve and with both stanzas culminating in tiebreakers, Novak Djokovic cruised to an anticlimactic victory over Andy Murray in the Australian Open final today by the scores of 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2.
After what looked to be another five or six hour affair, especially after the first two sets elapsed two and a quarter hours, the match rushed to its inevitable conclusion the last two sets.
The turning point in the match came with Murray serving at 2-2 in the second set tiebreaker. Up to this time Murray was playing with a relaxed confidence that had the Scot on the cusp of taking a two-sets-to none lead. His second straight Slam title seemed a distinct probability – and with it, the legitimate claim to the throne of the best player in the world.
But then it – the feather - happened. After missing a first serve, Murray paused before hitting his second as a feather slowly and agonizingly drifted down from above, causing Murray to delay his motion. Murray proceeded to snatch the feather in mid-air and toss it behind him. And then he proceeded to double fault and give Djokovic the mini-break.