Australian Open Final : Novak Djokovic V Andy Murray
Sunday 31st January. 8:30AM. EuroSport
After a fortnight of phenomenal drama at Melbourne Park, just two men remain in the bid for male dominance at the first Grand Slam of 2016. In a repeat of last year’s final, it should be an absolutely thrilling climax.
British star Andy Murray will be hoping to end his final vodoo at the fifth attempt while Novak Djokovic will be looking to start 2016 in the same manner that he carried out most of 2015 – by winning the title.
Whatever happens, you wouldn’t wanna miss it for the world.
How They Got There
Sunday’s final sees the world’s top two seeds face off in yet another final, and both men have underlined their quality en route to this epic showdown.
The defending champion didn’t drop a set until round four, where he showed real grit and determination to overcome Gilles Simon in five sets. Following a dominant display over Kei Nishikori in the quarters, Djokovic faced arguably his toughest test against Roger Federer. But once again, the world No.1 started like a train to win the first two sets, dropping just three games, in rapid time before eventually winning in four sets.
Murray’s semi-final was more of a struggle as the Brit had to recover from 2-1 down to seal his place in Sunday’s final in dramatic fashion. Aside from that test, though, the world No.2 has been very impressive and will believe he has every chance of adding Grand Slam title three to his CV.
If both men perform as they have over the last two weeks, we could be in for a classic.
As fantastic as Murray has played, the head-to-head record against Djokovic does not make for good reading. The Serb has often been Murray’s tormentor, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings to hold an overall record of 21-9.
More importantly, Djokovic has won all four previous meetings, including three finals, in Melbourne. That included the four-set victory last year, and the Serb will be eager to wrap up Grand Slam 14.
However, Murray can take heart from the fact both of his Grand Slam victories to date have seen him beat the Serbian at the last hurdle. If he can weather the storm early on, anything could happen.
There is no question that these are the best two players on the tour. Expect another thrilling instalment in what is currently the biggest rivalry in tennis.
Australian Open Final: Novak Djokovic V Andy Murray Betting
Unsurprisingly, it’s Djokovic who enters the final as the heavy favourite. The world No.1 is priced 1/6 with Bet365. Meanwhile, a patriotic bet on Murray can be placed at 4/1.
In truth, Djokovic does hold all the aces. As well as the mental edge, he has had an extra day to rest and over an opponent who faced a gruelling semi-final. It might only make a small difference, but those fine margins can have a telling impact.
Murray will put up a fight, and should at least take one set. Ultimately, though, we think he’ll come unstuck once more against the world’s best.
Novak Djokovic to win 3-1 @ 11/4 with SkyBet
Whatever happens, though, it should be an intense battle between two phenomenal players. Both men are fantastic servers, and there’s a potential for every set to be close.
With this in mind, 4/6 on a tie-break in the match is one that has to be taken. After all, there has been at least one in each of their last three meetings in Melbourne.
Tie-Break in the match: Yes @ 4/6 with SkyBet