It was just five months ago that Novak Djokovic robbed Andy Murray of his third Grand Slam title, beating the Brit in the finals of the Australian Open. On Sunday, the world’s No.2 player looks for his revenge against tennis’ top-ranked player.
Murray and Djokovic will meet in the finals of the 2016 French Open after cruising through their respective semifinals matches. Djokovic has been utterly dominant over the last two years, winning five of the last seven Grand Slams, and is favored to win a sixth. But Murray is ready to stop Djokovic’s run, eager to win his first ever championship at Roland Garros.
"There's a lot riding on the match for both of us," Murray told reporters on Friday. "Neither of us know how many more chances we'll have to win here. It obviously took Roger a long time to win this one. It's a very tough event to win."
Murray defeated reigning champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets on Friday, and he needed just three sets to get through the previous two rounds. He barely escaped five-set matches in the first two rounds, though he's playing his best at the right time. Djokovic has only lost one set in the entire tournament.
Djokovic has 11 Grand Slam titles to Murray’s two, but neither one has ever finished the French Open on top. The world’s No.1 player has come close in recent years, losing in the finals in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Murray had never made it beyond the semifinals before this year.
While Djokovic beat Murray at the Australian Open, as well as at the Madrid finals last month, Murray has the most recent win in one of their head-to-head meetings. Murray beat Djokovic in the Rome finals 6-3, 6-3, and he’s looking for another victory on clay against the sport’s best player.
The finals are set to begin at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, and NBC will have the coverage. An online stream is available with NBC Sports Live Extra.