Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray
|Date & Time||Sunday May 8, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic meet Sunday in the 2016 Mutua Madrid Open Final.
Andy Murray is coming off a straight sets win over Rafael Nadal and has won his last three matches in straight sets. Murray has won 11 of his last 14 matches and is now playing in his second final appearance of the season. Murray is doing a great job of holding his serve and has been hitting winners at a high percentage as well. Murray is clearly in good form with the French Open right around the corner, and a victory here would give him the confidence that he could win his first grand slam title since the 2013 Wimbledon. This is Murray’s second career final appearance in the Madrid Open, and he won the title last season. Murray is 2-0 in career finals that take place on clay.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Kei Nishikori and hasn’t dropped a set all tournament. Djokovic has won 16 of his last 17 matches and is now playing in his fifth final appearance this season. Djokovic continues to make very few errors and clamps down on his opponent whenever there’s an opening. Djokovic is proving time and time again that he’s a tennis machine is showing very little weakness that inspires confidence in a opponent. Djokovic continues to rise at another level. This is Djokovic’s second career final appearance at the Madrid Open, and he won the title in 2011. Djokovic is 11-8 in career finals that take place on clay.
These two have met 31 times in the past, and Djokovic has won 22 of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year’s Australian Open, a match that was won by Novak in straight sets. Murray’s last win over Djokovic came in the 2015 Canadian Masters. Djokovic is 3-0 against Murray on clay court.
While Murray is playing solid tennis, he’s had very little career success against Djokovic. Also, Novak hasn’t lost a final since the 2015 Cincinnati Masters, which means he’s won nine straight. Djokovic is at such an elite level he's hard to bet against.
Look for Djokovic to win yet again.