Andy Murray lost his third grand slam final to Novak Djokovic in what was a simple 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory for the third seed.
Murray, who seemed to lack any real penetration, looked to be the more tired, having had a days less rest, and having played a brutal semi final against Spain’s Ferrer.
The Melbourne crowd rose to acclaim the Serb, who won his second Australian Open title in just two hours and 37 minutes against Britain’s number one.
The first set started nervously for both players with the first two games taking 20 minutes, and it was Djokovic who took advantage edging the first set 6-4.
From then on in, the player who had won a Davis Cup title for Serbia last month, ran through Murray without too much trouble and broke twice in the second set to put himself two up.
Any British hopes that Murray might come back to life in the third vanished early as Murray broke, but was then broken back and went 3-1 down. He did pull the match back to 3-3 but lost his serve again, and Djokovich clinched the title as Murray put yet another forehand into the net.
The Serb had already knocked out Roger Federer and could go on to win them all this year with Nadal struggling with injury.