Novak Djokovic once more proved his amazing mental strenght and showed us his fighting spirit as he moved into the Australian Open final, defeating british no.1 Andy Murray in an epic match 6-3 3-6 6-7 (4) 6-1 7-5 at the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park.
The match lasted 4 hours and 50 minutes and looking back at it, it could have gone either way. Both tennis players produced some breathtaking tennis and they gave absolutely everything in this great spectacle for the Australian Open final spot.
Defending champion Djokovic started the match according to the expectations as he took the first set and broke Murray’s serve straight away at the beginnining of the second set.
But Murray managed to regain momentum and once he broke back, he switched gears. He took the second set and Djokovic seemed to struggle physically, breathing heavily he had to rest his hands on his knees to recover.
The third set lasted 88 minutes. It was a cruel battle fought by two great warriors. Murray managed to save three set points when serving at 5-4 down and sealed the set with a 7-4 tiebreak win.
A visibly wounded Djokovic miracuosly stormed back to take the fourth set in just 25 minutes and force a decider.
Once the Serbian got a 5-2 lead in the fifth set the match seemed to be over. But Ivan Lendl’s presence and influence might have helped the Scot to fight back to 5-5. Murray had three chances to break Djokovic’s serve in the next game, but couldn’t convert them.
It was bound to be the last change of ends. Djokovic took the Brit’s serve in the next game and fell flat on his back after winning this spectacular match.
Djokovic will play world no.2 Nadal in the Sunday’s final. Nadal defeated his biggest rival, 16 time Grand Slam champion Federer in the other semis and will try to defeat the Serbian after having lost to him in all of the 6 matches last year.