Djokovic-Murray – Men’s Tennis’ New Top Rivalry

25 Jan


There is a lot riding on the 2013 Australian Open men’s final between 1-seed Novak Djokovic and 3-seed Andy Murray. The former is trying to solidify his claim to being the world’s best player. The latter is trying to show he deserves consideration for that billing, as well.

Both players have been in fine form throughout the tournament. Although Djokovic received a scare from Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth-round, he pummeled world number five David Ferrer in the semi-finals, dropping only five games en route to victory. Murray cruised to the semis, where he overcame a spirited challenge from 2-seed Roger Federer to emerge in five sets.

As Federer and the injured Rafael Nadal fall from the apex of men’s tennis, Djokovic-Murray is shaping-up as the game’s leading rivalry. The players are (almost exactly) the same age and battled one another for years on the world junior circuit. Now, in the prime of their careers, they’ll have to outduel each other to etch their names in the tomes of tennis history.

Prediction: Murray in grueling, action-packed sets.


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