Can a match be decided by a feather?
Silly as it seems, a feather that floated past Andy Murray in the second set tiebreaker and contributed to a double fault might have helped change the course of an Australian Open final that, in the end, was dominated by Novak Djokovic, who wrapped up his third straight title at Melbourne Park with a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Murray had run away with the first-set tiebreaker 7-2, and Djokovic had needed to fight his way out of 0-40 on his serve in the second game of the second set. The Serb, subdued in the beginning, had been making an unusual number of unforced errors -- especially with backhands dumped into the net -- and Murray was the favorite to establish a two-sets-to-love lead when the second tiebreaker began.
The score was 2-2 when Murray, having missed his first serve, noticed a bird's feather floating into his line of vision.
"It just caught my eye before I served," he said. "I thought it was a good idea to move it. Maybe ...