Australian Open final picks: Djokovic to deliver record sixth Australian title
Andy Murray has performed superbly to make Sunday's final despite off-court issues, but a dominant Djokovic will prove too much in Melbourne
Novak Djokovic to beat Andy Murray 3-0 – 5/4
In this year’s Australian Open, Andy Murray has endured personal issues, poor form, and five-set thrillers on his way to a fifth final in Melbourne.
On Sunday, however, he may finally meet his match when he faces the most dominant athlete on the planet – Novak Djokovic.
Ominously for the rest of the tennis field, Djokovic has started 2016 in the same vein as he ended 2015 by destroying a strong Doha field and battering Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori en route to Sunday’s showpiece event.
Djokovic is now just one game away from a record-breaking sixth Australian Open, and will smell blood at the other end of the court in the form of a battered and bruised Andy Murray.
The world No. 1 has been victorious in 21 of the 30 matches between the pair, including six wins from seven in 2015.
The last two of those clashes in Paris and Shanghai between the lifelong friends will go some way to forecasting what may happen on Sunday.
Djokovic lost just 10 games in these two encounters, and is on a four-set winning streak against the Scot.
In a match-up that typically pushes bodies to their limits, fatigue as well as form may also be an issue for Andy.
In his last two matches the British No. 1 has spent over seven hours on court, compared to Novak’s four.
In 2011 Djokovic was a straight sets winner against Murray in the Australian Open final, and the same outcome should be expected on Sunday for a player redefining what it means to be at the very top of the sport.