Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray collide for the 24th time in Melbourne Getty Images

Novak Djokovic takes on Andy Murray in the Australian Open final in Melbourne.

Where to watch

Djokovic v Murray is live on BBC2 HD, British Eurosport HD and BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra from 8.30am on Sunday 1 February.


Djokovic and Murray approach the 24th meeting of their respective careers in the first major final of 2015 in contrasting form. While Djokovic has stumbled into his 22nd grand slam final, Murray has produced some of the best tennis of his career to reach a fourth final Down Under.

In beating Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios and Tomas Berdych this week, the British number one has returned to the form that saw him capture the Wimbledon title in 2013, before back surgery halted his progress.

His Serbian opponent, meanwhile, is far from his physical peak and though he outlasted Stanislas Wawrinka, the seven-time grand slam champion is some distance from the sort of form that has seen him beat Murray in two previous finals in Melbourne.

The world number one has not lost to Murray since that straight sets loss at Wimbledon 18 months ago and won all four meetings between the two in 2014, including at the US Open where he dropped his only set against the Brit.

However, Murray is unbeaten in singles competition in 2015 and though he enters the contest as the marginal underdog - centrally due to Djokovic's pedigree at this level - his form suggests he can go toe-to-toe with the 27-year-old.

What they said

Novak Djokovic: "He's been playing some great tennis these couple weeks. From my side, it's going to be necessary to perform at my best and play the best match of the tournament if I want to win.

"Obviously it's finals. There's no clear favourite. But, as you mentioned, the record I have in finals against him here in Australia, we played a couple times, can serve maybe as a slight mental edge. But not much. I don't think he's going to feel that on the court. I'm sure he's going to be very motivated to win his first title here. I'm going to, of course, give my best that that doesn't happen."

Andy Murray: "Well, like I said, obviously losing in the finals is disappointing. But making four finals is a very, very difficult thing to do. It's not easy to do. And, yeah, I'm proud of my record here. I'll try my best on Sunday. I'll go in with best tactics possible, prepare well, couple days' rest, recover as best as I can. And, yeah, all I can do is give my best. If it's enough, great. If not, I literally couldn't have done anything more to put myself in a better position come Sunday."

Betting odds (source: William Hill)

Novak Djokovic 4/9 v Andy Murray 2/1

Head-to-head record: Djokovic 15-8 Murray. Last match Paris Masters (Hard) Djokovic bt Murray 7-5 6-2

Previous meetings at the Australian Open: Djokovic 2-0 Murray. Last match Djokovic bt Murray
6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2