Wimbledon final: Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic - classic matches
Last Updated: 06/07/13 8:36am
Murray and Djokovic have had some epic battles in recent years
Ahead of the Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic Wimbledon final, we look back at some of their most memorable meetings.
2008: Cincinnati Masters final, Murray won 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/5)
Murray claimed his first Masters series title by beating Djokovic, who was then ranked third in the world. It was the first time Murray had reached a final at that level on tour, but he edged past Djokovic despite squandering five match points. Murray moved up to a career-high sixth place in the world rankings after the win.
2011: Australian Open final, Djokovic won 6-4 6-2 6-3
Having capitulated to defeat in Melbourne in the previous year, and in New York two years before, Murray was looking to finally prove he could cut it in a grand slam final. The Scot's wretched record in major finals continued, however, as he went down in straight sets to Djokovic. It triggered a run of dismal form on tour for Murray, who lost his opening matches at three straight tournaments.
Djokovic v Murray
Head-to-head: Djokovic 11-7
In grand slams: 3-1
On grass: 0-1
Grand slam titles: 6-1
Wimbledon titles: 1-0
ATP titles: 37-27
Grass-court titles: 1-4
2012: Australian Open semi-final, Djokovic won 6-3 3-6 6-7 (4/7) 6-1 7-5
Murray had the perfect opportunity to exact revenge on Djokovic the following year in Melbourne, and he almost did it during an epic encounter that lasted four hours and 50 minutes. Having just appointed Ivan Lendl as his coach, Murray fought back from losing the first set to win the next two, but defending champion Djokovic recovered to clinch victory and give Murray the unwanted tag of being the first man in the open era to be eliminated in semi-finals at four successive grand slams.
2012: London Olympics semi-final, Murray won 7-5 7-5
Just a month after suffering a heartbreaking Wimbledon final loss to Roger Federer, Murray enjoyed his finest run on the grass of the All England Club, beating Djokovic to guarantee himself a medal at his home Olympics. Murray lapped up the attention from the raucous crowd and went on to beat Federer in the final to win gold.
2012: US Open final, Murray won 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2
Murray ended Britain's 76-year wait for a grand slam men's singles champion after an epic victory that took four hours and 54 minutes to achieve. The Scot sank to his knees and covered his mouth in disbelief at what he had achieved following four failed attempts to win a grand slam final. "When I realised I had won, I was a little bit shocked, I was very relieved and I was very emotional," Murray said afterwards.
2013, Australian Open final, Djokovic won 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-2
Djokovic brought Murray back down to earth win a bump at the start of this year as the Serbian showed typically high levels of mental strength to fight back from one set down to win his fourth title in Melbourne. Murray was troubled throughout by a blister and was also thrown off guard by a feather that floated down onto the court, disrupting his serving pattern as Djokovic broke to take the second set before clinching victory after just over two hours on court.