Murray, Djokovic eye Grand Slam records
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will both have Grand Slam records in their sights when they meet in Sunday’s Australian Open final – the latest instalment of their growing rivalry.
Djokovic, the world number one and three-time champion at Melbourne Park, could become the first man to win three successive Australian titles since 1967, when Roy Emerson made it five in a row.
Murray beat Djokovic to win his first major title at last September’s US Open , and is poised to become the first man to follow up his maiden Grand Slam victory with another straight away.
For the Briton, probably more tantalising is the prospect of firmly establishing himself among the current golden generation as a multi-Slam winner.
He faces a daunting task against a player who defeated him in the 2011 Australian Open final.
“I think so much of it comes down to how you play on the day, to be honest,” said 25-year-old Murray.
“For the last eight, nine months I feel I have performed to the highest levels that I could. Sometimes I haven’t played my best in the big matches and I felt I had let myself down but you also feel like you have let the people who were watching down.
“I played a very good final at Wimbledon, then the Olympics, the US Open was very good and now here, so I need to make sure I maintain that form.
“But he’s number one in the world, he was in the US Open final, French Open final, Wimbledon semis, and he’s in the final here. So he’s playing extremely well.”