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Djokovic vs. Murray: Melbourne Tale Of The Tape

Melbourne, Australia

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic has hit 64 backhand winners, 36 more than Australian Open final opponent Andy Murray.

Here is a statistical preview of the Australian Open final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, courtesy Leo Levin, of IDS.

Novak Djokovic [1] Andy Murray [3]
46 Aces 71
10 Double Faults 2
32% Unreturned Serves 35%
66% 1st Serve % 65%
80% 1st Serve Points Won 75%
66% 2nd Serve Points Won 53%
8 Broken 11
27 Break Points Faced 32
95 Games Served 91
92% Service Games Held 88%
127 mph Fastest Serve 134 mph
75% Returns in Play 79%
34% 1st Return Points Won 36%
57% 2nd Return Points Won 62%
33 Breaks of Serve 41
67 Break Points 76
49% Break Points Converted 54%
102 Return Games Played 92
32% Return Games Won 45%
85 Forehand Winners 71
81 Forehand Unforced Errors 82
64 Backhand Winners 28
63 Backhand Unforced Errors 76
233 Winners 203
157 Unforced Errors 162
95 of 129 (74%) Net Points Won 81 of 113 (72%)
57% Baseline Points Won 52%
78 Games Lost 64
3 Sets Lost 2
8 of 22 (36%) Challenges Won 7 of 26 (27%)
14 hrs, 37 mins Time On Court 12 hrs, 56 mins

Djokovic Highlights:
• Strong serving 1st and 2nd serves - 66% 1st serves in play - 80% won on 1st serves -  66% won on 2nd serves
• Solid returning - especially against 2nd serves (57% won) - won 32% of return games
• He's won 57% of his baseline points (best in the tournament) and has shown great balance from the backcourt - 85 forehand winners - 64 backhand winners

Murray Highlights:
• Very effective 1st serve - 71 aces - 75% 1st serve points won - 35% not returned - 2nd serve can be an issue - only 2 double faults, but won less than 40% on 2nd serve against Berankis and Chardy (won over 60% against Sousa and Federer)
• Great return of serve - 79% hit back in play - won 36% returning 1st serves and 62% returning 2nd serves - converted 54% of his break chances - broke serve 41 times in 92 return games (45%)
• Forehand has been his dominant shot from the backcourt (71 winners) - backhand, not so much (28 winners in 6 matches

Match-up:
This is a match-up between two of the best hard court players in the game. Both players have served well to get to the final with Djokovic having the edge in 2nd serve performance.  Murray has been the best returner of serve in the tournament, breaking serve 45% of the time. From the backcourt they both are lightning fast and cover the entire court well.  The forehand battle seems to be pretty even while the backhand battle favors Djokovic. 

Djokovic has put in more time on court than Murray, but he's had an extra day to plot and plan...and rest.  The challenge for Murray will be to impose his game on Djokovic's without adding to the unforced error total.  Controlled Aggression is the key phrase for this match.

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