The men’s final at the 2015 Australian Open is set and, in a familiar matchup, Novak Djokovic will take on longtime rival Andy Murray. These two have been battling it out for their entire careers, and have formed one of the great rivalries in the sport of tennis. This meeting should only add to their impressive history.
This meeting will mark the 24th time that Djokovic and Murray have faced each other. So far, Djokovic leads the series 15-8, however, Murray has won his fair share of important head-to-heads. These two tend to play some of their best tennis when they go against each other, and have been involved in quite a few classics.
In honor of their upcoming meeting, this is what we feel are the five most memorable matches between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
1. 2011 Australian Open Final
The 2011 Australian Open was the first time in their careers that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray competed against each other in a Grand Slam. Given their history, it only made sense that they would meet in the final. But, this match was pretty anticlimactic as Djokovic cruised to a straight-sets victory that lasted on 159 minutes. By the time it was done, Novak would win by a score of, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
2. 2012 Australian Open Semifinal
This semifinal was an epic battle between the two rivals that lasted 290 minutes. At one point in the match, Murray was in the driver’s seat, when he took a two sets to one advantage. However, Djokovic would storm back to tie it up at two sets apiece. In the end, Novak was victorious by a final score of, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5.
3. 2012 US Open Final
In this final, Andy Murray would finally break through and claim his first Grand Slam Title, and the first slam for a British man since Fred Perry in 1936. But, it was anything but easy. Murray wound up blowing a two sets to none lead against Djokovic, and would need a fifth set to claim the match. But, with a 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 win, Andy Murray would finally get the Grand Slam that had eluded him in four previous finals appearances. What a relief.
4. 2013 Australian Open Final
Although Andy Murray had entered the final after a grueling five-set semifinal victory over Roger Federer, he somehow managed to find the energy to take the first set against Djokovic. But, that was the only set he would claim. Novak would take the next three, in a 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2 victory. The win marked Novak Djokovic’s third straight Australian Open title.
5. 2013 Wimbledon Final
In the biggest win of his career, Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets to claim the Wimbledon crown. In Murray’s eyes, the final game of the match will probably be the toughest of his entire career. After all, it had been 77 years since the last British man had won the title, when Fred Perry did it back in 1936. It couldn’t have been easy for Murray, carrying the weight of an entire country on his shoulders. But, in the end, he reached the top of the tennis mountain. And this moment changed his life forever.