Serbia's Novak Djokovic sits with his trophy in the locker room after defeating Britain's Andy Murray in the men's final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia (Photo: AP)
In years past, Novak Djokovic marked his victories at the Australian Open with rowdy late-night celebrations and bleary-eyed photo shoots the next morning in downtown Melbourne.
This year's win made history but inspired a more sober reaction.
After beating Andy Murray to become the only man to win three consecutive Australian Open titles, the No. 1-ranked player didn't feel the need to celebrate immediately.
Instead, he booked an early Monday flight home to start preparing for his next challenge: the clay courts of Europe.
The Serb has the Davis Cup next weekend and a few months away is the French Open - the one major that has eluded him. Djokovic now has six Grand Slam tournament trophies, four overall from the Australian Open and one each from Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2011.
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