2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
DAY 14 MEN’S NOTES
Sunday 1 February
- 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 6 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 4 out of the past 7 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Djokovic has the slight advantage in winning the 2015 Australian Open title.
No. 1 v No. 6
This is just the 2nd Open Era meeting between a No. 1 seed and No. 6 seed in the Australian Open final after the 1979 final, when No. 1 Guillermo Vilas defeated No. 6 John Sadri. The last meeting between a No. 1 seed and No. 6 seed at a major was at the 2009 US Open, when No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro defeated No. 1 Roger Federer. This is just the 5th Grand Slam final meeting between a No. 1 seed and a No. 6 seed in the Open Era.
The No. 1 seed has reached the final here for the 4th consecutive year. Rafael Nadal’s loss to Stan Wawrinka in the final here last year was the first defeat for a Top seed in the Australian Open final since 1995 (No. 2 Andre Agassi d. No. 1 Pete Sampras) and ended an 8-match winning streak for the No. 1 seed in Australian Open finals.
Hard court heroes
Murray could equal Ivan Lendl in 5th place on the list for most Open Era hard court titles if he wins the title here. Djokovic, meanwhile, is looking to close the gap on Andre Agassi in 2nd place.
. Hard court title leaders (Open Era)
Hard court titles
|Roger FedererAndre Agassi||57
ATP Rankings update…
Regardless of the outcome of the final, Djokovic will still occupy the No. 1 position in the ATP Rankings when they are published on Monday 2 February. Murray has climbed to 4th in the rankings by reaching the final and will climb to No. 3 if he goes on to win the title.
Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 15-8
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
Murray is bidding to end a 4-match losing streak against Djokovic and defeat the Serb for the first time since the 2013 Wimbledon final.
It will be the 5th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which puts them in joint-3rd position on the all-time leaderboard for most match-ups in a Grand Slam final along with Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander.
Most head-to-heads in Grand Slam finals
|Head-to-head||Grand Slam final meetings|
|Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal||8|
|Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal||7|
|Andre Agassi v Pete SamprasIvan Lendl v Mats Wilander
Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray
This is the 3rd Australian Open final to feature Djokovic and Murray, which extends their lead for the most match-ups in the Australian Open final ahead of Jim Courier v Stefan Edberg (2) and Johan Kriek v Steve Denton (2).
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 a 13-6 win-loss record against Murray on a hard court.
Road to the Final
|d. (Q) Aljaz Bedene 63 62 64d. Andrey Kuznetsov 60 61 64||1:491:24||1st round2nd round||2:131:42||d. (Q) Yuki Bhambri 63 64 76(3)d. Marinko Matosevic 61 63 62|
|d. No. 31 Fernando Verdasco 76(8) 63 64||2:21||3rd round||2:06||d. Joao Sousa 61 61 75|
|d. Gilles Muller 64 75 75d. No. 8 Milos Raonic 76(5) 64 62
d. No. 4 Stan Wawrinka 76(1) 36 64 46 60
|Round of 16Quarterfinals
|d. No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov 64 67(5) 63 75d. Nick Kyrgios 63 76(5) 63
d. No. 7 Tomas Berdych 67(6) 60 63 75
|total time on court||13:12||^Scorecard time||15:04||total time on court|
DJOKOVIC v MURRAY
27 Age 27
6’2”/1.88m Height 6’3”/1.90m
1 ATP Ranking 6
72,444,489 Career Earnings (US$) 34,190,080
48 Titles 31
186-33 Career Grand Slam Record 140-33
7 titles Best Grand Slam Result 2 titles
49-6 Australian Open Record 39-9
612-141 Career Record 487-151
398-82 Career Record – Hard 338-95
8-1 2015 Record 6-0
8-1 2015 Record – Hard 6-0
23-8 Career Five-Set Record 17-6
3 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 7
175-102 Career Tiebreak Record 141-90
4-1 2015 Tiebreak Record 2-2
- 4-time champion DJOKOVIC is looking to become the second man in history to win 5 or more Australian Open titles. Roy Emerson is the only man who has won more than 5 titles in Melbourne.
Australian Open title leaders (all-time)
|Roy Emerson||6||1961, 1963-67|
|Andre Agassi||4||1995, 2000-01, 2003|
|Jack Crawford||4||1931-33, 1935|
|Novak Djokovic||4||2008, 2011-13|
|Roger Federer||4||2004, 2006-07, 2010|
|Ken Rosewall||4||1953, 1955, 1971-72|
- Djokovic is bidding to win his 8th Grand Slam title and move into equal-8th place with Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall on the all-time list for most major titles.
All-time Grand Slam men’s singles titles
|5=||11||Bjorn BorgRod Laver|
|8=||8||Andre AgassiJimmy Connors
- Djokovic is bidding to win his 8th Grand Slam title. He has a 7-7 win-loss record in his 14 previous Grand Slam finals and a 4-0 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||v. Andy Murray??|
- Djokovic won his 7th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year, defeating Roger Federer in the final. He is a 4-time Australian Open champion having won the titles here in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012
(d. Nadal) and 2013 (d. Murray).
- Djokovic also won the titles at 2011 Wimbledon and the 2011 US Open, defeating Nadal on both occasions. He has never won Roland Garros despite reaching the final there twice – in 2012 and 2014, losing to Nadal both times.
- Djokovic is in 8th place on the list for the most Grand Slam match-wins in history with a 186-33 win-loss record. The leading all-time performers are as follows:
Most Grand Slam match-wins (all-time)
|12||Roger FedererJimmy Connors||281-46233-49|
|45||Ivan LendlRoy Emerson||222-49217-48|
|Pete SamprasRafael Nadal
|910||Stefan EdbergKen Rosewall||178-47174-32|
Note: active players in bold
- Djokovic is bidding to record his 50th match-win at the Australian Open and close the gap on Stefan Edberg in 2nd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.
|Novak DjokovicAndre Agassi||49-648-5|
|Rafael NadalPete Sampras||45-945-9|
- Djokovic is bidding to become the 17th 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 2013. The Top seed has won the title here in 6 of the last 9 years.
- Djokovic is bidding to extend his 9-match winning streak against Top 10 opposition. He has not lost to a Top 10 player since losing to Federer in the semifinals at 2014 Shanghai-1000. He has dropped just 3 sets in his last 8 matches against Top 10 players – one set to Kei Nishikori in the semifinals at the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals and 2 sets to Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals here.
- Djokovic is the only male Serbian Grand Slam champion and also the only Serbian man to appear in a Grand Slam final.
- By reaching the final here Djokovic has equalled Stefan Edberg and Federer in first place for the most Australian Open final appearances.
No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)
- Djokovic has reached his 15th Grand Slam final and moved into equal-8th place on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals.
|8=||Andre AgassiNovak Djokovic||1515|
- Last year here, Djokovic’s streak of 14 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances was ended by Wawrinka in 5 sets in the quarterfinals. It is his last 5-set loss. He has a 23-8 Tour-level win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 4-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.
- Djokovic won 7 titles in 8 finals in 2014 and in so doing finished the year with a prize money haul of $14,269,462. It was the 4th straight year he had earned over $12 million. He finished the year ranked No. 1 for the 3rd time after winning his 3rd consecutive ATP World Tour Finals crown.
- At the Grand Slams in 2014, as well as reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and winning the title at Wimbledon, Djokovic lost to Nadal in the final at Roland Garros and to Nishikori in the semifinals at the US Open.
- Djokovic warmed up for the 2015 Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Ivo Karlovic).
- 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.
- 3-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open title after losing 3 finals. He finished as runner-up here in 2010 ( Roger Federer), 2011
(l. Djokovic) and 2013 (l. Djokovic). Marat Safin is the only player to lose 2 or more Australian Open finals before winning the title.
No. of Australian Open final appearances before winning first title (Open Era)
|No. of Australian Open final appearances before winning the title||
|Andy Murray||4??||Lost 2010, 2011, 2013|
|Marat Safin||3||Lost 2002, 2004. Won 2005|
- If Murray wins the title for the first time on his 10th 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)
|Andy Murray??Petr Korda
- 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 end a 5-match losing streak against players ranked No. 1. He has not defeated a world No. 1 since defeating today’s opponent in the final at 2013 Wimbledon. He has a 2-8 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at the Grand Slams – as well as defeating Djokovic at 2013 Wimbledon, he also defeated No. 1 Nadal in the semifinals at the 2008 US Open.
- By reaching his 4th Australian Open final, Murray has moved into joint-4th place on the list for most Australian Open finals reached in the Open Era.
|Player||No. of AO finals|
|Novak DjokovicStefan Edberg
|Andre AgassiIvan Lendl
- 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||8 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015, Wimbledon 2012-13|
- Murray is the only Briton to reach 4 Australian Open finals. Fred Perry is the only other British man to reach multiple finals at the Australian Open, winning in 1934 and finishing a runner-up in 1935:
British Players in the Australian Open final (all-time)
|1915||Gordon Lowe||Horace Rice||Won 46 61 61 64|
|1920||Algernon Kingscote||Eric Pockley||Won 64 60 63|
|1929||Colin Gregory||Richard Schlesinger||Won 62 62 57 64|
|1934||Fred Perry||Jack Crawford||Won 63 75 61|
|1935||Fred Perry||Jack Crawford||Lost 26 64 64 64|
|1977||John Lloyd||Vitas Gerulaitis||Lost 63 76 57 36 62|
|2010||Andy Murray||Roger Federer||Lost 63 64 76|
|2011||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic||Lost 64 62 63|
|2013||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic||Lost 67(2) 76(3) 63 62|
|2015||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic||??|
- By reaching his 8th Grand Slam final, Murray has equalled Ken Rosewall and Guillermo Vilas in joint-13th place for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (25), Rafael Nadal (20) and today’s opponent (15).
- Murray is a 2-time Grand Slam champion. He won the 2012 US Open title (d. today’s opponent) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. today’s opponent).
- Murray has a 2-5 win-loss record in his previous Grand Slam finals:
Murray’s record in Grand Slam finals
|Grand Slam||Final Result|
|2008 US Open||l. Roger Federer 62 75 62|
|2010 Australian Open||l. Roger Federer 63 64 76(11)|
|2011 Australian Open||l. Novak Djokovic 64 62 63|
|2012 Wimbledon||l. Roger Federer 46 75 63 64|
|2012 US Open||d. Novak Djokovic 76(10) 75 26 36 62|
|2013 Australian Open||l. Novak Djokovic 67(2) 76(3) 63 62|
|2013 Wimbledon||d. Novak Djokovic 64 75 64|
|2015 Australian Open||v. Novak Djokovic|
- Murray is bidding to become the first No. 6 seed to win a Grand Slam title since Juan Martin del Potro won the 2009 US Open. Just two No. 6 seeds have won the title here – Petr Korda in 1998 and Andre Agassi in 2001.
- Murray’s semifinal victory over Berdych was his 2nd win in his last 6 matches against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams. He has a 4-6 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the Australian Open compared with 0-3 at Roland Garros, 6-5 at Wimbledon and 5-5 at the US Open.
- If Murray wins today he will take sole occupancy of 8th place on the list for the most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era. He is currently level with Wayne Ferreira (39-14) with a 39-9 win-loss record here.
Most Australian Open match-wins (Open Era)
|1. Roger Federer||75-12|
|2. Stefan Edberg||56-10|
|3. Novak Djokovic||49-6|
|4= Andre Agassi Ivan Lendl||48-548-10|
|6= Rafael NadalPete Sampras||45-945-9|
|8= Wayne FerreiraAndy Murray||39-1439-9|
|10. Andy Roddick||38-11|
*Players at the 2015 Australian Open in bold
- Murray is the leading British man in history in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 140-33 win-loss record.
- Murray is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. The last time he lost a 5-set match was against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at the 2012 Australian Open. He has a 1-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.
- Last year here Murray reached the quarterfinals, falling to Federer 63 64 67(6) 63. He is contesting his 10th straight Australian Open and 36th Grand Slam overall.
- Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2014 he reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. Nadal) and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and the US Open (l. today’s opponent). It was the 4th straight year he had reached the quarterfinals at all Grand Slams in a calendar year. [NB He missed 2013 Roland Garros with a back injury.]
- Also in 2014, Murray won 3 titles – at Shenzhen (d. Tommy Robredo), Vienna (d. David Ferrer) and Valencia
(d. Robredo). He saved 5 match points in both of his finals against Robredo. The Valencia final was the longest ATP final in 2014 at 3 hours 20 minutes.
- Murray warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup, where he won all 3 of the singles matches he played against Benoit Paire, Jerzy Janowicz and Marinko Matosevic in straight sets.
- Murray is coached by 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo. His fitness trainer is Matt Little and his physio is Mark Bender.
**Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation