Men's US Open Final

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Andy Murray is gunning for his first Grand Slam in the US Open final. Image courtesy of sportsmole.co.uk/PA Photos
After four Grand Slam final defeats, the monkey on Andy Murray’s back is slowly turning in to a gorilla.  If he wants to find out how to win this one, he need look no further than the man in his corner, coach Ivan Lendl.  The Czech-born American lost his first four Slam finals before finally snaffling the ’84 French crown. He also made the final at Flushing Meadows every year between 1982 and 1989 for three wins.

Standing across the net will be Novak Djokovic , a man who has made a habit of winning big tournaments with four victories from his last seven Slams.  Djokovic will have a day’s less rest for the decider, but anyone who doubts his endurance only has to look at this year’s Australian Open where he beat Murray in a near five-hour marathon semi, only to eclipse that in the final when he and Rafael Nadal slugged it out for five hours and 53 minutes before the Serb triumphed.

Djokovic has 6-5 record against Murray on hardcourts, but the Scot has won five of their last eight encounters on the surface. ‘The Djoker’ has won the matches that matter, though, coming up trumps in this year’s semi at the Aus Open, as well as the 2011 final at Melbourne Park. That semi is the only match on hardcourt since 2007 between these two which hasn’t been decided in straight sets, so history shows whoever gets the jump out of Djokovic and Murray in the first set goes on to win. 

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