Andy Murray believes it would be a “big upset” if he were to beat four-time former champion Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final on today (Sunday).
“I know it’s going to be extremely difficult to win the match tomorrow,” said three-time finalist Murray. “I know if I want to win, it will probably be very, very tough and challenging physically. So I need to prepare myself mentally for that.
“He has a fantastic record here. He obviously loves the court and the conditions. It would be a big upset if I manage to win tomorrow.”
Djokovic has won six of their past seven meetings since Murray’s historic title run at the 2012 US Open. He has also lost three times to Djokovic at Melbourne Park, including the 2011 and 2013 finals.
Murray dined at a restaurant as Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka were battling for supremacy Friday. On the eve of his eighth Grand Slam final appearance, Murray is experienced enough to realise you can expend mental energy in watching your rivals.
“I didn’t watch any of the match last night,” said Murray, at the Australian Open on Saturday. “[I] knew exactly what the score was. I was at dinner checking the result to see what was going on.