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 ...