Saturday 16 December 2017

Head to heads: Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic

Jon Fisher

Andy Murray will look to win back-to-back grand slam titles when he takes on Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final in Melbourne on Sunday.

Djokovic has the upper hand in their head-to-head record, having won 10 of their 17 meetings.

Here are at six of their most memorable clashes.

2008, Cincinnati Masters: Murray won 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/5)

The pair's first meeting in a final saw Murray win his maiden Masters Series title after edging out Djokovic in two tie-breaks. The Scot suffered a few nerves before closing out what was then the biggest title of his career, squandering four championship points at 5-3 in the second set.

2011, Australian Open: Djokovic won 6-4 6-2 6-3

Hopes were high Murray could land his first major after losses in the final of the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open in 2010, both times to Roger Federer. But he was simply blown away as Djokovic produced a masterclass in Melbourne. The Serb then embarked on a stunning year that saw him also claim the Wimbledon and US Open titles. Murray lost his next four matches before recovering to reach the last four at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows.

2012, Australian Open: Djokovic won 6-3 3-6 6-7 (4/7) 6-1 7-5

Murray got the chance to avenge his defeat in Melbourne 12 months earlier when the pair met in the 2012 semi-finals. And, although Murray's performance was a huge improvement, the outcome was the same as eventual champion Djokovic advanced to meet Rafael Nadal in an epic final. Having hit back from 5-2 down in the fifth, Murray failed to convert three break points at 5-5. Djokovic broke in the final game to clinch victory after four hours and 50 minutes.

2012, London Olympics: Murray won 7-5 7-5

Having lost in the final of Wimbledon to Federer the previous month, Murray gave himself another crack at the Swiss by beating Djokovic in the Olympic semi-finals. Murray sealed victory by breaking Djokovic at 6-5 in both sets after his opponent wasted numerous opportunities to break the Murray serve in the second. Murray went on to beat Federer to claim the gold medal.

2012, US Open: Murray won 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2

Djokovic had not lost a grand slam match on hard courts for two years, but this time Murray came out on top after four hours and 54 minutes. In very breezy conditions in New York, Murray finally took the first set on his sixth chance then recovered from blowing a 4-0 lead to win the second. Djokovic hit back and it looked like Murray might miss out again when the Serbian levelled, but he began to feel the pace in the decider and Murray at last became a grand slam champion.

2012, Shanghai Masters: Djokovic won 5-7 7-6 (13/11) 6-3

Another classic meeting between the pair, which provided Djokovic with a little revenge a month after the US Open final. Murray served for the match and held five match points in all in the second set, but could not take any of them and it was Djokovic who clinched the title after three hours and 21 minutes.

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