Murray vs. Djokovic
|Date & Time||Sunday June 5, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray square off early Sunday in the 2016 French Open Final.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 72 percent of his first serve points and 70 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic has still lost just one set this tournament and has played 55 games in his last two matches. Djokovic has had 22 or less unforced errors in four of his six matches and has hit 45 winners in his last two matches. After seeing Djokovic destroy top-15 players back-to-back, beating him in the final will be a tall mountain to climb. Djokovic looks for his 12th career grand slam title and first French Open title. This is Djokovic’s sixth straight grand slam final appearance.
Andy Murray is coming off a four set win over Stan Wawrinka that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 79 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Murray has dropped just two sets in his last four matches and has played no more than 39 games since his first two matches went five sets. Murray has racked up 87 winners and 62 unforced errors in his last two matches, and he’s been far more consistent with his second serve. Murray has been dialed in this season and is starting to quiet the critics who once said he struggles to win the big matches against quality players. Murray looks to win his third grand slam title and first since the 2013 Wimbledon. This is Murray’s 10th career grand slam final appearance and first at the French Open.
These two have played 33 times in the past and Djokovic has won 23 of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year's Rome Masters, a match Murray won in straight sets. Djokovic has beaten Murray in 12 of the last 14 meetings and is 4-1 against him on clay court. This will be the fourth time these two have played in 2016.
We’ve been riding with Murray all tournament and he’s playing some of the best tennis he’s played in quite some time. However, Djokovic has been more consistent and has simply owned Murray throughout his career. Also, Murray’s recent win over Djokovic was when he had a banged up left ankle.
You have to like Djokovic to win his first ever French Open title.