Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Sunday January 31, 2016, 10:00 PM (EST)|
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Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray square off Sunday morning in the final of the 2016 Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a four set win over Roger Federer and has lost three sets this tournament. Djokovic is getting at least 57 percent of his first serves in play and is winning no less than 65 percent of those points. Djokovic has racked up 32 winners in his last two matches and has 128 unforced errors in his last three matches. Djokovic played some of his best tennis in his last match, simply destroying Federer in all aspects. Djokovic has proven time and time again that he’s the top player in the world, and he’s looking for his fifth major in his last six tries. Djokovic has lost in grand slam final three times since 2013 but never in the Australian Open. Djokovic looks for his sixth AO title.
Andy Murray is coming off a five set win over Milos Raonic and has dropped four sets this tournament. Murray is getting at least 57 percent of his first serves in play and is winning no less than 73 percent of those points. Murray has produced 87 winners in his last two matches and 28 or less unforced errors in four of his six matches. Murray continues to play high level tennis, but you have to worry about fatigue at this point considering he’s played 92 games in his last two matches. Still, Murray’s lack of unforced errors does give him a chance to pull off the upset. Murray has lost all four of his Australian Open final appearances. Murray looks for his first grand slam title since the 2013 Wimbledon.
These two have played 30 times in the past, and Djokovic leads the series 21-9. The most recent match was in last year’s Paris Masters, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. Djokovic has beaten Murray in 10 of the last 11 meetings. Murray’s last win over Djokovic came in the 2015 Canadian Masters. Three of the last five matches between these two have gone the distance.
I said Federer was the only person who could beat Djokovic in this tournament, and Novak crushed him with ease. It’s hard to see Murray getting it done, especially after a five set match while Novak has an extra day of rest.
Look for Djokovic to win yet another grand slam crown.