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Djokovic and Murray slated for Aussie Finals

Good friends and familiar rivals, Novak Djokovic (left) and Andy Murray (right) will face off against each other in a fifth major finals.

Good friends and familiar rivals, Novak Djokovic (left) and Andy Murray (right) will face off against each other in a fifth major finals.

Sometimes, figuring out how to survive despite a poor performance shows greatness more than a dominant victory. Novak Djokovic did not play well against Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals of the Australian Open, so poorly that he didn’t even realize when he won the second set. But Djokovic survived an incredible tough match and advanced to the tournament finals, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

At his worst, Djokovic proved to be better than the No. 4 player in the world. Impressive. Now, he’s headed for showdown with Andy Murray, an opponent he is very, very familiar with.

The two 27-year-olds born just a week apart have faced-off all the way back to their junior careers and this will make their fifth meeting in a major finals. In the four prior title meetings, the two have split. Murray also topped the Serbian in the 2012 London Olympic Semifinals in two sets on his way to a Gold Medal.

As professionals, Djokovic leads the series 15-8 but every one of those major championships have been close. Even if it didn’t take an extra set, they were close matches.

The two guys just know how to fight against each other and know how to win. Djokovic has won more titles, taking 48, but Murray isn’t shabby, winning 31 in his life. He’s the sixth-ranked player in the world.

In this tournament, Djokovic easily cruised by Aljaz Beden and Andrey Kuznetsov and after a close first set against No. 31 Fernando Verdasco in the third round, easily moved on. In the fourth round, he was put through a war against Gilles Muller, but won all three sets and his match against No. 8 Milos Raonic was similar. But he’s coming off a poor performance against Wawrinka, his only match this tournament to take extra sets.

But Murray has had a similar experience. Yuki Bhambri went down swinging in their first round match before he made easy work of Marinko Matosevic and Joao Sousa but No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov took the second set of their match and Nick Kyrgiod pushed him to extra games. Murray, though, won in three. In the semifinals, No. 7 Tomas Berdych won a very close first set, 6-7 (6-8) but Murray sweep through for the win and spot in the finals, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

Djokovic has had the success against Murray as of late. The two met four times in 2014 and Djokovic took the victory in all of them. However, Murray won the last major final they were in against each other. He won the 2013 Wimbeldon Championship match, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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