This year tennis aficionados most anticipate seeing Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic matched to do battle in the men’s singles final of the 2016 Australian Open. In their respective careers the two-faced of against one another 30 times, with Murray walking way as the victor in 9 matches and Djokovic on 21 occasions.
Since Murray’s victory over Djokovic in Wimbledon 2013 they faced off in 11 meetings with the Scot walking away victorious just once. Andy Murray recently revealed he felt he might need the Serb’s form to take a dip in order to stand a better chance at achieving a successful third Grand Slam in this year’s Aussie Open, he might be correct considering he had lost four Open men’s singles finals in the Melbourne tournament, with three of them going Djokovic’s way.
Murray also said that he has to keep trying to discover Djokovic’s weaknesses for him to capitalise on by watching the Serb’s matches, he may have a drop-off in form since maintaining that level of form of such long periods is extremely difficult.
The 28-year-old Scot might understandably be suffering from the smidgen of apprehension since he previously suffered a finals loss in 2010 to the Swiss Roger Federer, and later had the Aussie open crown rested away from him on three occasions, in 2011, 2013, and once again in 2015, by Djokovic. After enjoying victory in the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, as well as the Australian Open the 28-year-old Serb is the holder of no less than three of the season’s four Grand Slam titles.
Last week in Qatar, as part of Andy Murray’s preparation for the first major of his season, he defeated Rafa in straight sets. The Scot, being the committed family man that he is, indicated he might have to leave to return home during his Melbourne tournament if Kim, his wife who is pregnant with their first child and due in mid-February, went into early labour.
Despite this, Murray indicated that his professional priorities focus on remaining on court in order to win his first Australian Open before travelling to Rio to defend his Olympic championship title later in the year.