Friday, January 25, 2013

Australian Open Final: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray- What does the stats indicate?



We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

Novak Djokovic in recent years has been an epitome of the above quote and the way he has stamped his authority in the Fedal era has not only been mind-blowing but in certain ways very inspiring for tennis players as well.

Andy Murray, who was known for his defensive game and attitude has turned the tables around and shown to the world that he is on the path of achieving his full potential. The way he played against Roger Federer today might just be a precursor to what’s in store for this Brit.

So what does the Australian Open stats say for the mouthwatering final on Sunday:

Stats
Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray
Aces
46
71
First Serve
66%
65%
1st Serve Points Won
80%
75%
2nd Serve Points Won
66%
53%
Net Points Won
74%
72%
Break Points Won
49%
54%
Receiving Points Won
43%
47%
Winners
233
203
Unforced Errors
157
162
*includes the SF data as well.

Believe it or not, but Murray’s return game has been better in this Australian Open. He has also served 71 aces as to a mere 46 of Djokovic. But there is one area where Murray seems to be outscored by Djokovic is in the winners hit (30 more winners) and the second serve points won.

To me everything will come down to who is strong mentally throughout the match. We know Djokovic is coming after losing 2 finals and 1 SF in the last 3 Grand Slams that he has played, which can play a little bit on his mind. Murray on the other hand showed to us that in spite of the improved game and mentality, he still is a bit fragile when it comes to taking full advantage.

Both players have the arsenal to become the Australian Open champion but the question is who it will be?
I would say – The person who will play big on the points, keep his composure and wither the ferocity of his rival because even rivers someday wash dams away.

Who knows history might repeat itself and just like Nadal in 2009,  Djokovic in 2011, 2013 might be the year where Andy Murray surprises us all?


Also : Thank You Roger Federer - A Letter to the Champion.



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3 comments:

  1. " We know Djokovic is coming after losing 3 GS finals "

    ... you mean 2?

    ao 12 - victor
    rg 12 - lost to rafa
    uso 12 - lost to murray

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    1. My bad, 2 Finals and 1 SF in the last 3 GS matches that he has played. Inspite of him being in prime form, he still lost so that could maybe play a little bit on his mind. Thanks for pointing it out:)

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    2. no problems...

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