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Rivalries Of 2013: Djokovic vs. Murray
Best Of 2013
by James Buddell|
On 27 January, the duo met for the second time in an Australian Open final (also 2011).
Djokovic lost the first set, having failed to convert any of his five break points. But when he battled back from 0/40 at the start of the second set, the Serbian started to take more risks and grew in confidence. From two sets to one up, Djokovic won eight of the next nine games as Murray's game unravelled.
Djokovic became the first player in 46 years to win the Australian Open in three successive years with a 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2 win in three hours and 40 minutes. Afterwards the four-time champion admitted, "It's an incredible feeling winning this trophy again. It's definitely my favourite Grand Slam, my most successful Grand Slam. I love this court."
Six months later, Murray chased sporting immortality in what turned out to be one of the greatest days in British sporting history. On 7 July, on Centre Court at Wimbledon, Murray broke a 77-year male singles title drought at The Championships when he beat Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the final.
Cheered on by 15,000 spectators and thousands watching on nearby 'Henman Hill', Murray saw three match point opportunities slip by from 40/0 and fended off three break points with some fearless hitting, before the Serb netted a backhand to end an eight-minute game and a contest that had lasted three hours and 10 minutes. A Briton had finally followed in the footsteps of Fred Perry's 1936 win.
Watch Murray Wimbledon Reaction
"I have played in a lot of Slam finals, all against Roger or Novak," said Murray. "Roger is probably the greatest player ever [and] Novak is one of the mentally strongest ever. I never had experience on my side. To beat him was so tough; it was such a tough match."
Nadal vs. Djokovic: 2013 Meetings
|Australian Open Final||Djokovic||67(2) 76(3) 63 62|
|Wimbledon Final||Murray||64 75 64|
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