The Australian Open 2015 Men’s Singles Final sees No.1 seed Novak Djokovic pitted against dual Grand Slam champion and Olympic Singles Gold Medallist, Andy Murray (No.6 seed).
This is the 24th head-to-head meeting between these two. Djokovic holds the upper hand with a 15-8 record and goes in with a 49-6 record at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic drew level with Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg’s record by fighting through to a fifth Australian Open final. The current World No.1 would join Federer and Edberg as only the third player to win 50 Australian Open singles matches or more, if he is victorious today.
Djokovic will be confident that he can add to his perfect 4-0 Australian Open finals record, to become the first man in the Open Era to win 5 Australian Open singles titles.
The Serbian won all four matches between them last year and 7 of their past 8 matches. The 27-year-old Djokovic is 3-0 against Murray here at Melbourne Park including two of those victories in previous Australian Open finals.
Nole has now won 9 straight matches against Top 10 players. Djokovic avenged his 2014 Australian Open quarter final defeat at the hands of defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka 9-7 in the 5th set, with a together with a 6-0 final set routing in this semis.
Djokovic will be striving to win his first Grand Slam as a father of 3-month old son Stefan and since he married Jelena Ristic in July last year.
Djokovic is gunning for his eighth Grand Slam title, to join Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi in fifth place on the Open Era major titles list and with Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall on the all-time list.
Djokovic’s road to the Championship match:
– has dropped just two sets (both to Wawrinka in the semi),
– spent a total of 13 hours and 12 minutes on court,
– held 91 of 97 service games,
– hit %67 of 1st serves in,
– won %81 of points when he made his 1st serve,
– won %65 of points when he played a second serve,
– he has saved 13 of the 19 break points he has faced,
– won %55 of points against his opponent’s 2nd serve,
– broken serve 26 times from 95 return games,
– hit %68 of return of serves in to play,
– hit 85 forehand winners,
– hit 31 backhand winners,
– hit 53 aces, and
– hit a fastest serve at 207 kmh.
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