Novak Djokovic fought back from being down two sets to one to defeat Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the 2012 Australian Open, and moves on to face Rafael Nadal in the Final of the 2012 Australian Open on Friday at Melbourne Park.
In a nearly five-hour match, Djokovic overcame breathing problems to oust Murray 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 7-5.
I'm extremely delighted to be in the final, Djokovic said. What can be a bigger challenge than playing against Rafa Nadal, one of the greatest players ever.
For Murray, the Australian Open result represents another example of coming up short in a Grand Slam. Murray lost in the previous two Australian Finals, and had recently hired former No. 1 Ivan Lendl as his coach.
Statistically, it was a very even match. Djokovic won 66 percent of first serve points, while Murray won 64 percent. Djokovic hit 49 winners, while Murray hit 47. Djokovic served 11 aces, and Murray had nine aces.
In terms of style of play, it was also rather even. Djokovic won 21-of-28 net approaches, and Murray won 19-of-27 net approaches.
Where the stats differed was in unforced errors: Djokovic had 69, while Murray had 86.
The Final is on Sunday. Djokovic faces Nadal, who defeated Roger Federer in the other semi-final.
Here are the highlights of the Djokovic-Murray: