Novak Djokovic beating Andy Murray has become somewhat of a broken record, the Serb possessing a very firm hold over the Brit, but is all that about to change?
The World No.1 took a 6-2 6-4 victory to claim his record fourth title in Paris and 22nd match in a row, but a much better performance by Andy could spell a gradual change of winds when it comes to the pairs’ rivalry.
Back in October Novak stormed Andy in Shanghai with a 6-1 6-3 dismissal in the semi-finals, so despite a loss in Paris things could be looking up as we head into the ATP Finals.
You can’t berate the World No.2 too heavily for succumbing to Djokovic’s unplayable style once again, after all he seems a man possessed this season and almost untouchable.
However, given that the Brit’s wins over Djokovic are few and far between, it’s hugely important to focus on the successes when they do come about, and in Montreal Murray ousted the Serb to a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory, his first win over the Serb since the milestone 2013 Wimbledon final.
For Murray, it’s these matches he must focus on if he’s to have any chance of dismissing Djokovic at the O2.
And while there’s no disgrace in losing to the best player in the world, Murray will want to step it up this year after an embarrassing 6-0 6-1 defeat to Roger Federer left the crowd underwhelmed.
It won’t be easy though. Immediately after the Finals he will be flying to Belgium in the hope of winning a first Davis Cup for Great Britain in 79 years.
And that will surely be at the forefront of his mind as he steps onto the court at London’s O2 to battle it out with the top eight players in the world.
Murray should be feeling good though. Ahead of the Davis Cup he dealt a psychological blow to potential opponent David Goffin in a sweeping 6-1 6-0 win in Paris, which will see him confident of a repeat performance in Belgium later this month.
If Great Britain can seal a historic win, Murray’s confidence will be at an all-time high for the start of the 2016 season.
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