A scintillating rivalry in modern tennis is set to write its latest chapter on Friday afternoon, as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic meets Andy Murray for the 23nd time on the ATP World Tour. The Serb leads the head to head series comfortably 14-8, following a string of recent victories over the Scot. However, Murray recent success on the tour could be a foreshadowing of things to come in this quarter-final contest. Check out the Djokovic v Murray Head to Head.
Djokovic extended his h2h series over Monfils to 11-0 with a 6-3, 7-6(2) win against the Frenchman at the Paris Bercy. The Serbian star is the defending champion at the tournament and will be looking to maintain his 490 point lead over Federer in the rankings.
Following a solid opening round match against Julien Benneteau, British No. 1 Andy Murray cemented his spot in the Race to London for the year-end championships with a dominant 6-3, 6-3 win over Grigor Dimitrov – immediately ending the Bulgarians hopes at reaching the tournament for the first time in his career. Murray won 93% of his first service points and did not face a single break point en route to the 1 hour and 9 minute victory.
“There were no ‘downs’ really in the match,” said Murray. “In some of the matches that I’ve had against the top, top players, I’ve had some periods in the match where my level had dropped off a little bit, and the best players capitalise on those moments. “I didn’t have any of them today. I played well from start to finish,”
Murray added. “I made it very difficult for Grigor. I hardly made any mistakes at all throughout the match.”
This marks the 23rd time that Murray and Djokovic will cross paths on the ATP World Tour, with Djokovic leading the series 14-8, including three consecutive wins in 2014. However, the stars may align for Murray this time in Paris, as he is in far better form that earlier in the season, and brimming with confidence.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets