Australian Open final - Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic

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Andy Murray will face World number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Sunday.

The British number one will be hoping to clinch his first Australian Open title at his fourth attempt, having lost all three previous finals in Melbourne. Two of the three final defeats came against Serbian Djokovic.

Eighth Grand Slam title?

Meanwhile Djokovic will be looking for his fifth Australian Open title, which would be a record in the open era, and his eighth Grand Slam title in all.

Murray has had a fairly trouble free path through to the final, with the exception of his semi-final victory over Tomas Berdych and his quarter final triumph which were won in four sets, his other matches have all been three set victories.

His opponent in the final, World number one Novak Djokovic, is in good form himself so the Scot will have his work cut out but Murray will be confident.

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Both players have played 20 sets each in the tournament with Murray playing two games less than his opponent. Djokovic also had to endure a five set semi-final against Stan Wawrinka, which will test his endurance, as Murray's semi-final victory was achieved 24 hours earlier.

New coach Amelie Mauresmo, herself a Grand Slam winner, has helped Murray rediscover his form after teaming up up with the Scot. They seem to have formed a good partnership that could well propel Murray back up the rankings and help him to continually challenge for titles on a regular basis once again.

Coach criticism

Murray has received criticism from some quarters for his choice of Mauresmo as coach but their partnership is clearly working right now and victory in the final will certainly justify the decision to appoint the Frenchwoman, if indeed they need to.

This will be Murray and Djokovic's 24th meeting as professionals, with the Serb currently leading 15-8 in their head-to-head. However, Murray will take confidence from the fact that his two Grand Slam final victories were against Djokovic.

Djokovic will be slight favourite heading into the final but Murray will certainly stand a chance of victory and will provide Djokovic with a stern test. I am expecting the final to go to five sets and could be one of the most epic finals in history.


Djokovic & Murray are on serve in the first set at 4-3. The Serbian broke early but the Scot has broken back to keep things close.

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