The Australian Open 2015 Men’s Singles Final sees No.6 seed Andy Murray in better form than ever on route to another Grand Slam final rematch against World No.1 Novak Djokovic.
The defensively inclined Murray is firing on all cylinders. A victory would make him one slam short of a career Grand Slam. The taller and older (1 week) of the two, has hit more winners than unforced errors in all 6 matches to date.
This is the 24th head-to-head meeting between Murray and Djokovic, with Murray trailing 15-8, yet seemingly in best physical shape since winning his two Grand Slam singles titles. Interestingly, the 1.9m Scot has won both Grand Slams by defeating Djokovic in the final, why not a third time?
Djokovic thinks Murray is better this year and that the court suits Andy more in 2015. “I think his forehand has improved, judging by the matches he has played during these couple weeks compared to a few months ago. The courts are playing a little bit faster in the last two years than it was the previous years in Rod Laver Arena as we mentioned before. Because they are faster, because the ball is bouncing a bit lower, that’s pretty suitable to his style of the game. He likes that. He has a flat backhand and moves around the court pretty well,” Djokovic said.
Murray has a 39-9 record at Melbourne Park and is playing his fourth final here on Rod Laver Arena. Murray will dig deep to claim a third Grand Slam singles title which, would see him surpass: Ilie Nastase, Stan Smith, Johan Kriek, Sergei Bruguera, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Patrick Rafter, Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt all with 2.
Murray’s road to the Championship match:
– hit more winners than unforced errors in all 6 matches to date,
– hit %81 of return of serves in to play (%13 more than Djokovic),
– converted %47 of break point opportunities (%12 more than Djokovic),
– hit 84 forehand winners,
– hit 40 backhand winners (9 more than Djokovic),
– hit 66 aces (13 more than Djokovic), and
– hit a fastest serve at 214 kmh (7kmh faster than Djokovic).
– has dropped just two sets (one each to fellow Top 10 players Dimitrov and Berdych),
– spent a total of 15 hours and 4 minutes on court,
– held 89 of 99 service games,
– won %78 of points when he made his 1st serve,
– won %58 of points when he played a second serve, and
– won %36 of return of serve games.
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