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Tennis Panorama :
MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – No. 1 Novak Djokovic will play No. 3 Andy Murray for the Australian Open Men’s singles championship on Sunday.
This will be just the 14th Grand Slam final between the No. 1 seed and No. 3 seed. In Grand Slam Open Era meetings between the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, the No. 1 seed has an 11-2 win-loss record. The last time the No. 3 seed defeated the No. 1 seed in a Grand Slam final was when Mats Wilander defeated Ivan Lendl at the 1983 Australian Open. Ivan Lendl is currently Andy Murray’s coach.
This the second consecutive major final which features the same two combatants separated in age by just one week. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists in age were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors at the 1977 US Open. Vilas was 16 days older than Connors.
Novak Djokovic is looking to become the first man in the Open Era and just the third man ever to win 3 consecutive Australian Open titles. Only 2 men, Jack Crawford (1931-33) and Roy Emerson (1963-1967) have won 3 or more in a row. Although Andre Agassi won the Australian Open in 2000-01 and 2003 he missed the 2002 tournament due to injury so despite being undefeated here in 4 years, he did not complete the three in-a-row.
Murray is trying to become the only first-time major winner to immediately win a second major at the next chance.
The Scot is on a 13-match winning streak at the majors having won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open. He was the first man from Great Britain to win a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry at the 1936 US Championships. He defeated Djokovic 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in the final.
For 4 out of the past 5 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Murray may have the advantage in winning the 2013 Australian Open title.
Murray defeated Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open. It is the only time Djokovic has lost a 5-set match in his last nine 5-set encounters.
Here is a look at the their head-to-head records. Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation.
DJOKOVIC v MURRAY
25 Age 25
6’2”/1.88m Height 6’3”/1.90m
1 ATP Ranking 3
$45,686,495 Career Earnings (USD)* $24,934,417
– 2013 Earnings (USD)* $78,800
34 Titles 25
140-27 Career Grand Slam Record 106-27
5 titles Best Grand Slam Result 2012 US Open Champion
38-5 Australian Open Record 29-7
475-123 Career Record 389-123
303-70 Career Record – Hard 273-76
6-0 2013 Record 10-0
6-0 2013 Record – Hard 10-0
18-6 Career Five-Set Record 14-6
3 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 6
136-82 Career Tiebreak Record 112-71
0-1 2013 Tiebreak Record 2-2
*As at January 14
Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 10-7
2006 AMS Madrid Hard (I) R16 Djokovic 16 75 63
2007 AMS Indian Wells Hard (O) SF Djokovic 62 63
2007 AMS Miami Hard (O) SF Djokovic 61 60
2008 AMS Monte Carlo Clay (O) R16 Djokovic 60 64
2008 AMS Toronto Hard (O) QF Murray 63 76(3)
2008 AMS Cincinnati Hard (O) FR Murray 76(4) 76(5)
2009 Miami-1000 Hard (O) FR Murray 62 75
2011 Australian Open Hard (O) FR Djokovic 64 62 63
2011 Rome-1000 Clay (O) SF Djokovic 61 36 76(2)
2011 Cincinnati-1000 Hard (O) FR Murray 64 3-0 ret. (right shoulder injury)
2012 Australian Open Hard (O) SF Djokovic 63 36 67(4) 61 75
2012 Dubai Hard (O) SF Murray 62 75
2012 Miami-1000 Hard (O) FR Djokovic 61 76(4)
2012 Olympic Tennis Event Grass (O) SF Murray 75 75
2012 US Open Hard (O) FR Murray 76(10) 75 26 36 62
2012 Shanghai-1000 Hard (O) FR Djokovic 57 76(11) 63
2012 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) RR Djokovic 46 63 75
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