Jan 29, 2011

When Novak Djokovic knocked Roger Federer out of the tournament in their tense semi-final, the Serb even managed to complete the game needing only 3 sets, 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 6-4. Djokovic has been on fire throughout the tournament, and this semi-final proved that with a combination of positivity and great form Djokovic is a man to look out for.

This is the first time since this same tournament in 2008, that a final will not feature either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer. In fact  in this tournament’s final 2008, it was Novak Djokovic again who beat Federer in the semi-finals and made his way to the finals, where he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. It was not especially strange, after Djokovic’s good past run with meeting Federer in Grand Slam tournaments, that Federer lost this year. As always, it was a surprise, but it shows that times are changing when Federer being knocked out before the final isn’t some sort of sign of the apocalypse.

Djokovic’s Australian Grand Slam title is his only one, so he has a lot to live up to in this final. He’s been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

Andy Murray, on the other hand, who beat David Ferrer in a tense semi-final match just after Djokovic, has been to an Australian Open final but not converted it to a win. This will be his third appearance in a Grand Slam final, but he has had trouble ever claiming these final appearances as a win. He swears that the pressure of Britain’s expectation is not a factor. I hope it isn’t, because they will be breathing down his neck come 0830GMT tomorrow.

So Djokovic has won in the very stadium they will be playing in tomorrow: will that be a factor? With Murray his inexperience is certainly an issue in his finals experience. Of course no player can not win for a first time, everyone has to win their first Grand Slam somehow. He has his best chance tomorrow; with no Federer, no Rafa, and with Djokovic – who can psychologically bring his own game down upon him – this could be his moment.

Of course, there have been two other final opportunities that ‘could have been his moment’. Murray isn’t especially good at ‘moments’. And Djokovic is on blistering form. His movement behind the baseline has left his opponents staggering around like Bambi on ice, and that annoying propensity for deep-and-meaningful stares and introverted anger appears to be have been lifted.

I have never had a very good Murray-radar. I seem to overemphasise his weaknesses just before he wins, and then see his good side just before he crashes and burns. So I have absolutely no clue about tomorrow. More than anything, I am utterly intrigued by this Murray vs. Djokovic final. And intrigued is better than nothing.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

(2) Comments

TennisMenace1244 says:
Jan 29, 2011

Go Andy!

tennis101 says:
Jan 30, 2011

Go Novak!!!!!! nice win

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