2014/04/24

Djokovic Versus Murray – 2013 Australian Open Men’s Final – Tale of the Tape

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MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – No. 1 Novak Djokovic will play  No. 3 Andy Murray for the Australian Open Men’s singles championship on Sunday.

This will be just the 14th Grand Slam final between the No. 1 seed and No. 3 seed. In Grand Slam Open Era meetings between the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, the No. 1 seed has an 11-2 win-loss record. The last time the No. 3 seed defeated the No. 1 seed in a Grand Slam final was when Mats Wilander defeated Ivan Lendl at the 1983 Australian Open. Ivan Lendl is currently Andy Murray’s coach.

This the second consecutive major final which features the same two combatants separated in age by just one week. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists in age were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors at the 1977 US Open. Vilas was 16 days older than Connors.

 

Novak Djokovic is looking to become the first man in the Open Era and just the third man ever to win 3 consecutive Australian Open titles. Only 2 men, Jack Crawford (1931-33) and Roy Emerson (1963-1967) have won 3 or more in a row.  Although Andre Agassi won the Australian Open in 2000-01 and 2003 he missed the 2002 tournament  due to injury so despite being undefeated here in 4 years, he did not complete the three in-a-row.

 

Murray is trying to become the only first-time major winner to immediately win a second major at the next chance.

 

The Scot is on a 13-match winning streak at the majors having won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open. He was the first man from Great  Britain to win a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry at the 1936 US Championships. He defeated Djokovic  7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in the final.

 

For 4 out of the past 5 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Murray may have the advantage in winning the 2013 Australian Open title.

 

Murray defeated Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open. It is the only time Djokovic has lost a 5-set match in his last nine 5-set encounters.

Here is a look at the their head-to-head records. Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation.

 

 

 

 DJOKOVIC                                                   v                                                    MURRAY

25                                                         Age                                                         25

6’2”/1.88m                                   Height                                   6’3”/1.90m

1                                                ATP Ranking                                                3

$45,686,495                    Career Earnings (USD)*                     $24,934,417

–                              2013 Earnings (USD)*                         $78,800

34                                                       Titles                                                       25

140-27                             Career Grand Slam Record                             106-27

5 titles                        Best Grand Slam Result          2012 US Open Champion

38-5                                  Australian Open Record                                  29-7

475-123                                         Career Record                                         389-123

303-70                                   Career Record – Hard                                   273-76

6-0                                               2013 Record                                              10-0

6-0                                         2013 Record – Hard                                       10-0

18-6                                   Career Five-Set Record                                   14-6

3                                  Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                  6

136-82                                Career Tiebreak Record                                112-71

0-1                                      2013 Tiebreak Record                                      2-2

              *As at January 14

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 10-7

2006     AMS Madrid                  Hard (I)             R16      Djokovic           16 75 63

2007     AMS Indian Wells          Hard (O)            SF        Djokovic           62 63

2007     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)            SF        Djokovic           61 60

2008     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            R16      Djokovic           60 64

2008     AMS Toronto                Hard (O)            QF        Murray              63 76(3)

2008     AMS Cincinnati              Hard (O)            FR        Murray              76(4) 76(5)

2009     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)            FR        Murray              62 75

2011     Australian Open           Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           64 62 63

2011     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            SF        Djokovic           61 36 76(2)

2011     Cincinnati-1000              Hard (O)            FR        Murray              64 3-0 ret. (right shoulder injury)

2012     Australian Open           Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           63 36 67(4) 61 75

2012     Dubai                           Hard (O)            SF        Murray              62 75

2012     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)            FR        Djokovic           61 76(4)

2012     Olympic Tennis Event    Grass (O)          SF        Murray              75 75

2012     US Open                      Hard (O)           FR        Murray             76(10) 75 26 36 62

2012     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)            FR        Djokovic           57 76(11) 63

2012     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             RR        Djokovic           46 63 75

 

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