Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray tied at 2-2 in Grand Slam finals
Pre-tournament favourite and world number one Novak Djokovic (now odds-on at 4/9) faces his fifth Grand Slam final against old friend and rival Andy Murray (7/4) at the Australian Open.
Coral customers can watch their latest meeting Down Under, as we’re streaming it live online. This dynamic duo are tied on two wins apiece from those encounters, but it is the Serb who has dominated at this event. Four-time champion Djokovic has triumphed in both finals against the Scot here, and in their only other Australian Open match-up, in the 2012 semis.
He won each one in a differing number of sets, but back him at 11/4 to claim a 3-1 victory, as he did over Murray in their most recent meeting here in the 2013 final. The opening set in that match finished 7-6, so take tempting odds of 11/4 as well for a tie-break at that stage once more.
It is Murray, though, who won their last head-to-head in a Grand Slam final, at Wimbledon in 2013, in straight sets, and he can be backed at 7/1 to triumph 3-0 again.
Djokovic, who boats a career 15-8 record over Murray and has lost just one of their last eight battles, is a 12/5 chance for that same scoreline.
In order to get to this stage, the Serbian superstar had arguably the tougher route, having to face the likes of rising star Milos Raonic in the quarters and defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the semis.
Swiss number Wawrinka nearly toppled Djokovic at this event for the second year running, taking him to five sets again, but this time the former flopped at the end, losing 6-0 in the decider.
Following the match, Djokovic said: “I was ready for the battle and it was a great battle. We pushed each other to the limit and I congratulate Stan on a great tournament.
“I think I played well, two sets to one and a break point, and I just played a couple of loose games. Stan is a quality player and I made my life very complicated. The first game of the fifth set was very close and making it 2-0 was crucial.”
On his upcoming opponent Murray, meanwhile, he added: “Andy and I go back to when we were 12 years old. We know each other for a long time and it’s nice to see we’re playing another Grand Slam final. We’ve played many and hopefully we can come up with another great match for you guys.”