(January 30, 2016) Defending champion and No. 1 Novak Djokovic will take on No. 2 Andy Murray for the Australian Open title on Sunday. This will be the fourth time both men have met in the Melbourne final, with Djokovic winning all three of the previous times. here is a look at the head-to-head records and statistics of both men. Statistics provided by Grand Slam Media and the Australian Open Men’s information team.
1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR)
At stake for the finalists, in addition to the prestige of the Australian Open title, is the following:
ATP Ranking Points
Who has the advantage?
For 5 out of the past 8 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Murray has the slight advantage in winning the 2016 Australian Open title.
No. 1 v No. 2
This is first time the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds have met in the Australian Open final since No. 1 Djokovic defeated No. 2 Rafael Nadal in 2012. It is the 9th time the Top 2 seeds have met in the Australian Open final in the Open Era, with the No. 1 seed holding a 5-4 win-loss record against the No. 2 seed in finals here. Andre Agassi was the last No. 2 seed to defeat the No. 1 seed in the Australian Open final, defeating Pete Sampras in 1995.
The is the 3rd consecutive meeting between the Top 2 seeds at a Grand Slam. The last time the No. 2 seed defeated the No. 1 seed in a Grand Slam final was at the 2013 US Open, when Nadal defeated Djokovic.
Hard court heroes
Djokovic will equal Agassi in 2nd place on the list for most Open Era hard court titles if he wins the title here. Murray, meanwhile, is looking to take sole ownership of 5th place ahead of his former coach Ivan Lendl.
Hard court title leaders (Open Era)
Hard court titles
ATP Rankings update…
Regardless of the outcome of the final, Djokovic and Murray will still occupy the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in the ATP Rankings when they are published on Monday 1 February.
Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 21-9
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
2013 Australian Open Hard (O) FR Djokovic 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2013 Wimbledon Grass (O) FR Murray 64 75 64
2014 Miami-1000 Hard (O) QF Djokovic 75 63
2014 US Open Hard (O) QF Djokovic 76(1) 67(1) 62 64
2014 Beijing Hard (O) SF Djokovic 63 64
2014 Paris-1000 Hard (I) QF Djokovic 75 62
2015 Australian Open Hard (O) FR Djokovic 76(5) 67(4) 63 60
2015 Indian Wells-1000 Hard (O) SF Djokovic 62 63
2015 Miami-1000 Hard (O) FR Djokovic 76(3) 46 60
2015 Roland Garros Clay (O) SF Djokovic 63 63 57 57 61
2015 Montreal-1000 Hard (O) FR Murray 64 46 63
2015 Shanghai-1000 Hard (O) SF Djokovic 61 63
2015 Paris-1000 Hard (I) FR Djokovic 62 64
Djokovic has won 10 of his last 11 matches against Murray. His only loss in that time came in the final at 2015 Montreal-1000. Djokovic has a 7-6 win-loss record against Murray in Tour-level finals.
Djokovic has a 6-2 win-loss record against Murray at the Grand Slams, and a 3-2 win-loss record against Murray in Grand Slam finals. The only player Djokovic has beaten on more occasions than Murray at a Grand Slam is Roger Federer (defeated 9 times).
It will be the 6th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which puts them in 3rd position on the all-time leaderboard for most match-ups in a Grand Slam final.
Most head-to-heads in Grand Slam finals (Open Era)
|Head-to-head||Grand Slam final meetings|
|Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal||8|
|Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal||7|
|Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray||6|
|Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras
Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander
This is the 4th Australian Open final to feature Djokovic and Murray – the joint-most head-to-heads in any one Grand Slam final in the Open Era after Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal, who played each other in the final at Roland Garros 4 times in 2006-08 and 2011. There has only been multiple match-ups in the Australian Open final here on 2 other occasions – Jim Courier v Stefan Edberg (1992-93) and Johan Kriek v Steve Denton (1981-82).
Murray and Djokovic both feature on the list for most Australian Open finals reached in the Open Era. By reaching the final here, Djokovic has set a new record for the most finals reached here in the Open Era.
|Player||No. of AO finals (Open Era)|
Murray and Djokovic are the closest Grand Slam finalists by age. Murray is just 7 days older than Djokovic. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists in terms of age were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors who met at the 1977 US Open when Vilas was 16 days older than Connors.
Djokovic has an 18-7 win-loss record against Murray on a hard court.
Djokovic leads each of the members of the big 5 – Federer (23-22), Murray (21-9), Nadal (24-23) and Stan Wawrinka (20-4) in their previous meetings.
Road to the Final
|d. Hyeon Chung 63 62 64||1:55||1st round||2:07||d. Alexander Zverev 61 62 63|
|d. (WC) Quentin Halys 61 62 76(3)||1:40||2nd round||1:31||d. Sam Groth 60 64 61|
|d. No. 2 Andreas Seppi 61 75 76(6)||2:21||3rd round||2:38||d. No. 32 Joao Sousa 62 36 62 62|
|d. No. 14 Gilles Simon 63 67(1) 64 46 63
d. No. 7 Kei Nishikori 63 62 64
d. No. 3 Roger Federer 61 62 36 63
|Round of 16
|d. No. 16 Bernard Tomic 64 64 76(4)
d. No. 8 David Ferrer 64 64 75
d. No. 13 Milos Raonic 46 75 67(4) 64 62
|total time on court||14:54||(IBM time)||16:09||total time on court|
DJOKOVIC v MURRAY
28 Age 28
6’2”/1.88m Height 6’3”/1.91m
1 ATP Ranking 2
94,251,218 Career Earnings (US$) 42,435,316
60 Titles 35
213-34 Career Grand Slam Record 159-37
10 titles Best Grand Slam Result 2 titles
56-6 Australian Open Record 45-10
697-146 Career Record 558-165
460-86 Career Record – Hard 380-107
11-0 2016 Record 6-0
11-0 2016 Record – Hard 6-0
26-8 Career Five-Set Record 19-7
4 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 8
191-111 Career Tiebreak Record 158-100
3-1 2016 Tiebreak Record 1-2
- 5-time champion DJOKOVIC is looking to win his 6th Australian Open title and equal Roy Emerson’s record for most Australian titles.
Australian Open title leaders (all-time)
|Roy Emerson||6||1961, 1963-67|
|Novak Djokovic||5||2008, 2011-13, 2015|
|Andre Agassi||4||1995, 2000-01, 2003|
|Jack Crawford||4||1931-33, 1935|
|Roger Federer||4||2004, 2006-07, 2010|
|Ken Rosewall||4||1953, 1955, 1971-72|
- Djokovic is bidding to become the 10th man in history to win 6 titles at any Grand Slam event. Nadal tops the table with 9 Roland Garros titles.
Most titles at the same Grand Slam tournament
|Rafael Nadal||Roland Garros||9||2005-08, 2010-2014|
|Richard Sears||US Championships||7||1881-87**|
|William Renshaw||Wimbledon||7||1881-86, 1889|
|Bill Larned||US Championships||7||1901-02, 1907-11**|
|Bill Tilden||US Championships||7||1920-25, 1929|
|Pete Sampras||Wimbledon||7||1993-95, 1997-2000|
|Roger Federer||Wimbledon||7||2003-07, 2009, 2012|
|Roy Emerson||Australian Championships||6||1961, 1963-67|
|Bjorn Borg||Roland Garros||6||1974-75, 1978-81|
|Novak Djokovic||Australian Open||6??||2008, 2011-13, 2015, 2016??|
** Challenge round played through 1911 at US Championships
- Djokovic is bidding to become the first man to win 3 consecutive Grand Slam titles since he achieved the feat when he won 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open.
- Djokovic is bidding to win his 11th Grand Slam title and move into equal 5th place with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on the all-time list for most major titles. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011
(d. Andy Murray), 2012 (d. Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray) and 2015 (d. Murray); at Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal), 2014
(d. Federer) and 2015 (d. Federer); and at the US Open in 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2015 (d. Federer).
All-time Grand Slam men’s singles titles
- Djokovic is bidding to win his 7th consecutive Tour-level title. He won the titles at the 2015 US Open, 2015 Beijing, 2015 Shanghai-1000, 2015 Paris-1000, the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals and 2016 Doha.
- Djokovic is bidding to become the first player to successfully defend the Australian Open title since he achieved the feat in 2013 having won the event here in 2012.
- Djokovic is bidding to become the 18th 1 seed to win the Australian Open title in the Open Era. The last Top seed to win the title here was Djokovic himself in 2015. The Top seed has won the title here in 7 of the last 10 years.
- Djokovic is the only male Serbian Grand Slam champion and also the only Serbian man to appear in a Grand Slam final.
- Djokovic has an 10-8 win-loss record in his 18 previous Grand Slam finals and a 5-0 win-loss record in Australian Open finals.
Djokovic’s record in Grand Slam finals
|Grand Slam||Final Result|
|2007 US Open||l. Roger Federer 76(4) 76(2) 64|
|2008 Australian Open||d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 46 64 63 76(2)|
|2010 US Open||l. Rafael Nadal 64 57 64 62|
|2011 Australian Open||d. Andy Murray 64 62 63|
|2011 Wimbledon||d. Rafael Nadal 64 61 16 63|
|2011 US Open||d. Rafael Nadal 62 64 67(3) 61|
|2012 Australian Open||d. Rafael Nadal 57 64 62 67(5) 75|
|2012 Roland Garros||l. Rafael Nadal 64 63 26 75|
|2012 US Open||l. Andy Murray 76(10) 75 26 36 62|
|2013 Australian Open||d. Andy Murray 67(2) 76(3) 63 62|
|2013 Wimbledon||l. Andy Murray 64 75 64|
|2013 US Open||l. Rafael Nadal 62 36 64 61|
|2014 Roland Garros||l. Rafael Nadal 36 75 62 64|
|2014 Wimbledon||d. Roger Federer 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64|
|2015 Australian Open||d. Andy Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60|
|2015 Roland Garros||l. Stan Wawrinka 46 64 63 64|
|2015 Wimbledon||d. Roger Federer 76(1) 67(10) 64 63|
|2015 US Open||d. Roger Federer 64 57 74 74|
|2016 Australian Open||v Andy Murray???|
- Djokovic is on a 14-match winning streak in Tour-level matches. He hasn’t lost a match since he was defeated by Roger Federer in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He still went on to win the title there as well as at Doha. His longest winning streak came in 2011, when he won 43 matches in a row.
- Djokovic is on a 20-match Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final. His longest Grand Slam match-winning streak is 27, which took in the titles at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open, and a runner-up finish at 2012 Roland Garros.
- Djokovic has reached his 5th consecutive Grand Slam final and moved into joint-3rd place on the list for the most consecutive major finals reached in the Open Era. Just 2 different men in the Open Era have reached 5 or more consecutive Grand Slam finals.
|Player||Consecutive Grand Slam finals|
|1||Roger Federer||10 – 2005 Wimbledon – 2007 US Open|
|2||Roger Federer||8 – 2008 Roland Garros – 2010 Australian Open|
|5 – 2015 Australian Open – 2016 Australian Open
5 – 2011 Roland Garros – 2012 Roland Garros
- Djokovic has reached his 19th Grand Slam final and moved into equal-3rd place with Ivan Lendl on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals.
- Djokovic is bidding to record his 57th match-win at the Australian Open and take sole ownership of 2nd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.
- Djokovic’s victory over Simon in the round of 16 here extended his 5-set match-winning streak to 6-matches. He hasn’t lost a 5-set match since he was defeated by Wawrinka in the quarterfinals here in 2014. He has a 26-8 five-set win-loss record and a 5-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.
- Djokovic has won 16 of his last 17 Tour-level matches against Top 10 opposition. His only defeat in that time came to No. 3 Roger Federer in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He has won 13 of his last 14 matches against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams, with his only defeat in that time coming against No. 9 Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final.
- Last year here Djokovic won his 5th Australian Open title, defeating Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60 in the final. This is his 12th Australian Open and his 45th Grand Slam overall.
- Elsewhere at the majors in 2015, Djokovic won the titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, defeating Federer on both occasions to take his major total to 10. He also reached the final at Roland Garros, losing to Wawrinka. He became the 3rd player in the Open Era to reach all 4 Grand Slam finals in a calendar year after Rod Laver (1969) and Federer (2006-07, 2009).
- Djokovic won 11 titles in 15 finals in 2015 and in so doing finished the year with a prize money haul of $21,592,125. He finished the year ranked No. 1 for the 4th time after winning his 4th consecutive ATP World Tour Finals crown.
- Djokovic warmed up for the 2016 Australian Open by winning his 60th career singles title at Doha (d. Nadal).
- Djokovic started working with 2-time Australian Open champion Boris Becker in 2014. He has also been coached by Marian Vajda since June 2006. His wider team includes physios Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.
- 4-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing 4 finals at any one Grand Slam. He finished as runner-up to Roger Federer here in 2010, and to today’s opponent in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Federer and Ivan Lendl are the only players to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title in the Open Era.
No. of final appearances at one Grand Slam event before winning first title (Open Era)
|No. of appearances in the final at any one Grand Slam before winning the title||
|Andy Murray||5 Australian Open finals??||Lost 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015|
|Roger Federer||4 Roland Garros finals||Lost 2006, 2007, 2008. Won 2009|
|Ivan Lendl||4 US Open finals||Lost 1982, 1983, 1984. Won 1985|
- Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open title after losing 4 finals. Marat Safin is the only player to lose multiple finals at the Australian Open before winning the title, having lost the final in 2002 and 2004 before winning the title in 2005.
- Murray is looking to avoid becoming only the 2nd man in the Open Era to lose 5 Grand Slam finals at any one major. Lendl is the only man in the Open Era who has lost 5 finals at any one Grand Slam event – falling in 1982-84 and 1988-89. He won the US Open in 1985-87.
- If Murray wins the title for the first time on his 11th Australian Open appearance, he will set a record for most Australian Open appearances before winning the title.
Number of Australian Open appearances before winning the title (Open Era)
- Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win the Australian Open since Fred Perry defeated Jack Crawford in 1934.
- Murray is bidding to become the 21st man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles. He is also looking to become the 16th man in the Open Era to win at least 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles.
- Murray is bidding to defeat a No. 1 ranked player at a Grand Slam for the 3rd time in his career. His only wins over No. 1 players at the majors came against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at the 2008 US Open and against today’s opponent in the 2013 Wimbledon final. He has 0-4 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at Melbourne Park and a 2-10 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at the Grand Slams overall.
- Murray has lost 11 of his last 12 matches against players ranked No. 1. His only victory in that time came against today’s opponent in the final at 2015 Montreal-1000.
- Murray is bidding to become the 5th reigning Davis Cup champion to win the subsequent Australian Open men’s singles title in the Open Era. Djokovic was the last player to achieve the feat, winning the 2010 Davis Cup with Serbia followed by the 2011 Australian Open. The feat has been achieved on 4 occasions in the Open Era:
|Davis Cup Champion||Australian Open men’s singles champion*|
|Serbia – 2010
USA – 1992
Sweden – 1987
USA – 1969
|Novak Djokovic – 2011
Jim Courier – 1993
Mats Wilander – 1988
Arthur Ashe – 1970
*Each won at least one live singles rubber in winning the previous year’s Davis Cup Final
- Murray won 11 rubbers in Davis Cup last year to help Great Britain win Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. He was the first man to win 8 live singles rubbers in one year since the introduction of the World Group in 1982. Great Britain defeated Belgium 3-1 in the Final in Ghent.
- Murray is a 2-time Grand Slam champion, defeating today’s opponent for each of his major victories. He won the 2012 US Open title and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013. He is contesting his 11th straight Australian Open and 40th Grand Slam overall.
- By reaching the final here, Murray has closed the gap on Fred Perry for the most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):
|Player||Appearances in a Grand Slam final|
|Fred Perry||10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36|
|Andy Murray||9 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13|
- By reaching the final here, Murray has taken sole ownership of 13th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era with 9. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (19).
- Murray is looking to win his 46th match at Melbourne Park and take sole ownership of 6th place on the Open Era list for most Australian Open match-wins. He is currently level with Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal on 45 wins at Melbourne Park.
- Murray and brother Jamie are the first brothers to reach the finals in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles events at a Grand Slam since Reggie and Laurie Doherty at 1906 Wimbledon. Laurie Doherty won the singles Challenge Round that year while Reggie and Laurie Doherty finished runners-up in the men’s doubles final. Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares will play Daniel Nestor/Radek Stepanek in the doubles final on Saturday.
- By defeating Raonic in 5-sets in the semifinals here, Murray improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open to 2-3. The only other 5-set match he has won here came in 2013 when he defeated Federer in the semifinals. He has won 7 of his last 8 five-set matches, with his only defeat in that time coming to Djokovic in the semifinals at 2015 Roland Garros. He has a 19-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
- Murray has come from 0-2 down to win a 5-set match on 8 occasions. The last time he came back from 0-2 down to win a match was against Adrian Mannarino in the 2nd round at the 2015 US Open.
- Murray is the leading British man in history in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 159-37 win-loss record. He sits in 11th place on the list for the most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins behind Boris Becker (163-40).
- Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Murray reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. today’s opponent) and Wimbledon (l. Federer). He fell to Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 at the US Open – the first time he had lost before the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since the 2010 US Open.
- Also in 2015, Murray won 4 titles including his first titles on clay at Munich (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber), where he became the first British player to win a Tour-level clay court title since Buster Mottram at 1976 Palma, and Madrid-1000 (d. Nadal). He also won the title at Queen’s (d. Anderson) and Montreal-1000 (d. today’s opponent).
- Murray warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup. He won 2 of his 3 singles matches in Perth, defeating Kenny de Schepper and Alexander Zverev, but losing to Nick Kyrgios.
- Murray is coached by 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo.