Following their rollercoaster clash in the Australian Open final two months ago, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will meet his longtime friend and professional adversary Andy Murray for the 25th time on the professional tour. While the head-to-head series used to be a close affair, Djokovic jumped to a 16-8 head to head lead by winning their last five consecutive meetings – four in 2014 and one to secure yet another Aussie Open title last January.
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The world No. 1 and top seed at the 2015 edition of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event did not need to play a single point on Thursday evening, as he received a walkover into the semi-final when his opponent, Bernard Tomic, withdrew from the event with a back issue.
Not only did Murray cruise into the semi-final round at Indian Wells, he did so in memorable fashion by snagging himself a slice of British History. According to the ATP World Tour, Murray’s 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Spaniard means he overtook Tim Henman’s British Open Era match win record of 496 victories.
“I thought I played a good match,” Murray said. “Every time he came to net, I made it very difficult for him. I passed very well, and that was important because it meant that he spent more time at the back of the court. When we were in the baseline rallies, I felt like I was able to dictate a lot of those points. Passing shots were important today.”
While Murray has not defeated Djokovic since he lifted the historic Wimbledon title back in 2013, he remains a competitive hopeful against the Serbian star. Given that Murray spent the vast majority of 2014 recovering from his back surgery, he is yet to find his peak form; once he does, we may consider him once again a viable threat to the reigning kingpin on the ATP World Tour.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Three Sets
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