Australian Open Men’s Singles Final: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray – Sunday 27 January 8:30am Live on BBC One
Andy Murray broke his Grand Slam duck last September in winning the US Open at Flushing Meadows, and now he looks to make it two in a row as he faces world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The Scot defeated the Serb in New York, and with the monkey now firmly off his back, he appears to be a much more confident player. In beating Roger Federer in the semi-final, Murray looked to be dictating the points and being the aggresser, where in the past he has been a little passive and waited for opponents to make mistakes rather than going for the winning shots.
Until the meeting with Federer, Murray had breezed through the tournament, winning comfortably in straight sets in the five rounds prior. The fact that Djokovic has had an extra recovery day having played his semi-final 24 hours earlier than Murray should not come into play.
Both players have played some fantastic tennis during this fortnight and, with the enforced absence of Rafa Nadal with injury, are undoubtedly the best two players on the men’s circuit at the moment. It should make for a cracking final.
The final at the US Open went all the way to five sets, and because they are so evenly matched, I would expect this match to also go the distance. The match to go to 5 sets is available to back at 5/2 (SkyBet, William Hill).
But who will come out on top? Djokovic is the world number one for good reason. He’s a fantastic player and has been superb for the last 24 months. Murray has great momentum going into the match. He won the last Grand Slam tournament, beating the same opponent. He won the Adelaide tournament going into this. It will be very close, but I can see Andy doing the double and lifting more silverware.