Third time lucky for Murray

Scot hoping to make his previous final appearances count

Last updated: 28th January 2011  

Third time lucky for Murray
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Andy Murray is hoping his experience of two previous grand slam finals will help him gain a first win against Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

The Scot booked his place against the Serbian in Sunday's Australian Open final with a 4-6 7-6 6-1 7-6 victory over David Ferrer on Sunday.

The world number five admitted his inexperience got the better of him in his two previous finals against Roger Federer - including in Melbourne 12 months ago - although he is not expecting it to be any easier against an opponent he knows well.

"The first slam final I played against Federer I didn't know what was going on," Murray said. "It went so quick.

"Last year was better and I hope this one's going to be better than last year's.

"But it's going to be a tough match. Novak's played a great tournament.

"Experience-wise we're similar. We're good friends and practice a lot together.

"We trained a lot in Perth getting ready for here. We practised four or five times and then practised here a couple of times.

"There won't be any secrets about our games."

Murray appeared to have strained his knee midway through the semi-final and he admitted the match - which lasted 14 minutes short of four hours - took its toll.

"It was a pretty physical match," he said. "My body was feeling it a bit towards the end of the match but I'm going to jump in an ice bath to try to recover properly."

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