Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray Australian Open tennis live from the final – Djokovic and Murray clash in a rematch of 2015 final. Andy Murray accepts that he will be the underdog when he meets Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final on Sunday. The world number two is in the final of the year’s first Grand Slam for the fifth time, having lost to the 28-year-old Serb in 2011,2013 and 2015. The personal scorecard is 3-0 in the Melbourne Park final and, based on results in 2015, the distance between Novak and Andy (between Novak and everyone) has widened further. Novak Djokovic won’t underestimate Andy Murray in Australian Open final | Australian Open 2016
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Twelve months and six further meetings have past since Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in four sets in the 2015 Australian Open final. But now one year on,the pair are set to clash in the final stage of the Grand Slam once again. Can Murray reverse a four match losing streak against Djokovic – including three times in the final (2011, 2013, 2015), or will the World No. 1 reign supreme once again and clinch his sixth Australian Open title, equal to Roy Emerson’s all-time record?
Aside from a five-set quarterfinal scare against Gilles Simon, where he made an unusually high 100 unforced errors, Djokovic’s run to his sixth Australian Open final has been relatively smooth sailing. The top seed did not drop a set in the opening three rounds, defeating Hyeon Chung, Quentin Halys and Andreas Seppi comfortably. After his scare against Simon he immediately bounced back to his dominant self, suppressing the threat of US Open successor Kei Nishikori in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. He then stormed out to a two-sets-to-love lead very quickly against 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals, before ultimately ending Federer’s hopes in four sets 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 as he booked his place in his sixth Australian Open final.
A flawless Djokovic was untouchable, particularly in the opening two sets against Federer, but will World No. 2 Andy Murray be able to make some inroads into the top seed’s dominant game? Murray has simultaneously battled off-court drama and on-court frustrations to book his place in his fifth Australian Open final. Milos Raonic gave him his biggest scare yet in the semi-finals, although Murray was eventually able to see off the big-serving Canadian in five sets, assisted partially by an injury that visibly impeded Raonic’s movement from the fourth set onwards. Nonetheless, similarly to Djokovic, Murray has been in scintillating form this fortnight to date, seeing off the challenge of rising teenager Alexander Zverev, big serving Sam Groth, 32nd seed Joao Sousa, rising Australian Bernard Tomic and also fellow top 10 star David Ferrer, and he has the belief that he can finally put an end to his losing streak at the first Grand Slam of the year.
Borrowing elements of the Simon plan doesn’t necessarily play to Murray’s natural game. “The problem with Andy,” said one British tennis insider. “is that he’s at his best when he’s aggressive.”
The Brit insider also noted the Ashe v Connors and Simon v Djokovic parallels, calling this approach “passive aggressive” rather than plain aggressive. “It’s a plan of attack based on taking the pace out.”
Murray and Mauresmo might find what Simon says (what that match says) too radical to contemplate, since it would mean a major departure from what has brought the Scot success. Typically, players play to their own strengths.
Unfortunately for Murray, he’s up against a player with similar strengths – return of serve, court coverage, defensive mastery – but simply better.
He could do worse than watch a clip of Ashe and Connors. If nothing else, it’s inspirational.
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