Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will feature in an Australian Open 2016 finals rematch when the two face-off on Sunday night (AEDT) at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic, who looks to grab his sixth Australian Open title and became tennis’ first $100 million man, meets Murray once again in the final round of the first Grand Slam event of the year. Djokovic, who has defeated Murray in all of four of their Australian Open finals matches, leads the British in their FedEx ATP Head2Head matchup by 21-9 and has won 10 of their last 11 outings.
The odds heavily favour the world No. 1, but a confident Murray claimed overthrowing the defending champ is still “do-able,” despite being taken to an epic five-set battle by Canada’s Milos Raonic 4-6 7-5 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 on Friday night amid all the distractions, from the condition of his father-in-law Nigel Sears to his heavily pregnant wife Kim.
“I think obviously, you know, if you play a quick match on the Friday, it doesn’t really make a huge difference,” Murray said, reports Fox Sports. “Obviously you play the five sets it isn’t ideal, but Novak also won here the time we played five hours and then played a six-hour final. So it’s doable.”
Meanwhile, Djokovic is coming off a massive encounter with career rival Roger Federer in the semifinal round of the tournament. Djokovic only needed four sets to destroy the Swiss Maestro 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3, moving closer for his 11 th major title.
Last year, Djokovic fell short of completing a Grand Slam calendar after suffering an upset over Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the final round of the French Open. But this year, “Djoker” has a great chance of completing a calendar sweep, which could start at the 2016 Australian Open, according to Aussie tennis icon Rod Laver.
"I think someone like Novak is well on his way trying to accomplish that [Calendar Grand Slam],” Laver said, reports the ABC. "I think that will show up through this year, but Novak certainly has a chance to pull off a Grand Slam."
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