With the 2016 Australian Open Tennis Tournament coming to its end, we have the Men’s Final on this Sunday the 31st of January 2016 with the World No. 1 N. Djokovic facing the World No. 2 A. Murray to determine this year’s Champion with the match being played at the Rod Laver Arena in Down-Under Melbourne, Australia.
Once again we have the World’s No. 1 Djokovic and the No. 2 Murray meeting again in this Australian Open Final 2016 as Djokovic seeks his 5th Australian Open Title in the past 6 years. While Murray is here again in Melbourne after a tough match in the semifinal against M. Raonic! Fans wonder if Murray now has enough energy left to upset Djokovic.
The fans of the World No. 1 N. Djokovic saw him play almost a perfect 1st 2 sets in the semifinals with R. Federer. Yes, it only took the Serbian some 56 minutes to overtake Federer and won the event 6-1, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3 in the 4 sets.
After some sloppy play against Giles in the round of 16, Djokovic came back and beat the always tough Japanese K. Nishikori in consecutive sets in their quarter-final match, then swept past Federer to come to this his 6th Australian Open in his career. In the Australian Open Finals Djokovic had beaten Murray in 50% in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and is 6-0 in the event. It appears that Djokovic has held Murray’s number in their head to head matches as he is 21-9 in total, and 13-2 in the 15 last times they met, of which the majority were on tennis hard courts.
Coming into this match with a bit more rest than Murray had as a result of his semifinal marathon, Djokovic will likely be fresher in the legs, and that naturally give him an edge over Murray especially if the match goes into the more than 3 sets. If Djokovic plays the way he did against Federer in the semifinals he made not need more than 3 sets to overcome Murray for the Australian Open Title, his 5th.
If you’re a fan of A. Murray the World’s No. 2 you know he had to go to all 5 sets to overcome M. Raonic the World’s No. 13 in a very difficult semifinal wherein Murray had a late rally to claim the last 2 sets and win the match in some 4 plus hours.
The problems Murray had in that match with Raonic was that he struggled with the strong service game of Raonic, as Murray on made only 4 of 16 break point chance and only managed winning 34% of the receiving points in the match. But thankfully his on service game was at its best, as only on 1 occasion was it broken.
There is no question that Murray has the odds against him as he seeks to overcome his career 0-4 in the Aussie Open Finals to date. So the fans should not count him out in this match-up with Djokovic since his matches against him in Melbourne have all been close.
In their ultimate 3 Australian Opens the matches all went to at least 4 sets with 4 of 8 sets all went to a tie breaker of which they each won 2. If Murray could just get a couple of opportunities in those time breakers and if that happened he could upset the top seed Djokovic.
The online sportsbook prediction for this 2016 Australian Open Men’s Single Final see Djokovic actually overpowering Murray once again as Djokovic wins in 4 sets to win the Title for the 5th time.