Can the British number one get the Grand Slam monkey off his back?
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Andy Murray has reached his second successive Australian Open final – his third in a Grand Slam – after beating David Ferrer in four sets.
The Scot prevailed 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) despite losing the first set and facing break point in the second to set up a fascinating clash with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Having faced Roger Federer in his previous two showpieces – the 2008 US Open final and the 2010 Australian Open final – perhaps Murray will be relieved to be facing someone other than the great man but, if so, he should be careful what he wishes for. Djokovic has previous in Melbourne having won this very title in 2008 for his sole Grand Slam crown and looked in blistering form in his straight sets dismissal of Federer in the semi-final.
The head-to-head record between the two finalist reads 4-3 in the Serbian’s favour though that statistic is slightly blurred when you consider that Djokovic won the first four meetings between the pair while Murray has struck back in the next three.
With Murray revealing that the pair of them have been practice partners in the build up to this tournament there will be few surprises for either player come Sunday. Instead it will come down to a test of nerve.
Murray – and all British tennis fans – will hope he holds his.
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