The top two players in the world, Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain, battle for the championship of the 2016 Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain on Sunday. Murray is the defending champion while Djokovic last won in this ATP tournament back in 2011.
“Last year Rafa hadn’t been playing as well coming into the match. This time he had Monte-Carlo and Barcelona and some pretty comfortable wins here until yesterday. Maybe he lost a little bit of his timing there, but the rest of the matches he played here were fairly comfortable”. Murray said via the tournament’s official website after his semifinals win over Rafael Nadal, who was a four-time winner in Madrid.
Andy Murray said that the semis win was huge as he tries to get back into top form in time for later this month’s French Open. A finals match-up with rival Djokovic should also be a good training to see where he is against the world’s number one player.
“It’s a big, big step for me from where I was four or five weeks ago. I’m going back in the right direction again.”
How Djokovic, Murray got to the final of the 2016 Madrid Open:
The top-seeded Novak Djokovic beat Borna Coric (6-2 6-2), Roberto Bautista-Agut, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori while the second seeded Murray defeated Radek Stepanek, Giles Simon, Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal on their way to the championship round.
Both Djokovic and Murray dominated their semifinals matches against Nishikori and Nadal, respectively. The Serbian beat the Japanese in straight sets, 6-3 7-6 while the Scot also won in two sets over the Spaniard, 7-5 6-4.
Djokovic and Murray have met 31 times in their careers, with the Serbian dominating with 22 wins against 9 losses. Their last meeting came at the first Grand Slam of the year, the 2016 Australian Open final where Djokovic beat Murray in straight sets, 6-1 7-5 7-6 (3).
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