Murray v Djokovic: Head-to-head

We look at the previous encounters between Murray and Djokovic

By Andy Schooler   Last updated: 28th January 2011  

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Andy Murray takes on Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final of the Australian Open in Melbourne, but who holds the edge between the two?

Here, we look at the past meetings between the two ahead of the final.

Overall head-to-head: Djokovic leads 4-3
On hardcourts: Level at 3-3
On outdoor hardcourts: Murray leads 3-2
In finals: Murray leads 2-0
In Grand Slams: Level at 0-0

Madrid, 2006, L16 (indoor hard) - Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-3

Murray made a flying start to the then-teenage pair's first encounter in the slick conditions in Madrid, but his Serb foe hit back to prevail in three sets. Even the presence of Real Madrid star David Beckham could not inspire Murray to victory.

Indian Wells, 2007, SF (outdoor hard) - Djokovic 6-2 6-3

Murray struggled on serve in the Californian desert, being broken five times as Djokovic wrapped up a comfortable victory in just over an hour. To be fair to Murray though, he was hampered by an ankle injury sustained in a fall during his epic quarter-final win over Tommy Haas.

Miami, 2007, SF (outdoor hard) - Djokovic 6-1 6-0

Just a fortnight after Djokovic's win at Indian Wells, the Serb repeated the trick in even more convincing fashion. Murray was never at the races as Djokovic continued to hold the Indian sign over his British rival. Murray lost the last 11 games and described the contest afterwards as "the worst match I've probably played since I've been on the tour".

Monte Carlo, 2008, L16 (outdoor clay) - Djokovic 6-0 6-4

Another dominant display from Djokovic - who remains to this day a better claycourt player than Murray - saw him triumph once again. Murray rallied briefly in the second set but, in truth, was well beaten. This match, on the slow red dirt of Europe, is probably the least relevant to Sunday's final in Melbourne where the conditions should be much faster. Almost three years ago now, this was Djokovic's last win over Murray and also the last time he took a set off him.

Toronto, 2008, QF (outdoor hard) - Murray 6-3 7-6

Murray finally posted a victory over Djokovic at the fifth attempt on the North American hardcourts he loves. It could have bbeen a different story, however, had Djokovic converted a set point when 5-4 up in the second. Significantly, Murray was happy with the way his slice worked in this match annd that is a shot likely to play a big part in Sunday's final in Melbourne.

Cincinnati, 2008, F (outdoor hard) - Murray 7-6 7-6

The duo's first meeting in a final saw Murray prevail in two tie-breaks. It came just over a week after his victory in Canada and allowed him to claim his first Masters Series title, at the time the biggest of his career. Murray missed four match points when leading 5-3 in the second set but refocused to close it out in the breaker. Again, the Murray slice frustrated Djokovic, who said afterwards: "He was playing a lot of slice and changing pace to my forehand. I just lost the rhythm."

Miami, 2009, F (outdoor hard) - Murray 6-2 7-5

The last time these two met was in Florida getting on for two years ago. Murray dominated the first set but had to fight back from 5-2 down in the second, saving set points in the process, to seal his victory. This match was played in searing heat and with temperatures in Melbourne due to rise before Sunday's rematch, it could be significant that the Briton was able to cope the better. Djokovic, who had quit the Australian Open in hot conditions just two months before, admitted later: "I was, I think, the biggest enemy to myself. I was struggling again and trying to adjust to the heat."

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