Novak Djokovic looks for his fifth Masters 1000 title of the year when he faces Andy Murray in tonight’s Montreal final. The Serbian looks to further extend his unassailable lead in the rankings with almost a 6600 point lead over his opponent if he were to win tonight. Check out the Djokovic vs Murray Head to Head record.
At 52-3, Djokovic is on course to match or even better his outstanding 2011 season aside from the winning streak that he began the year with. He hasn’t quite looked like a dominant force at all times this week, especially in his victory over Ernests Gulbis. Gulbis held a break lead in the second set and 2 match points in the tiebreak during the same set but Djokovic would not be denied and the third set was never in doubt from them on with Gulbis winning just one more game.
Meanwhile, Murray bounced back from a surprise loss to Teymuraz Gabashvili in Washington by making the final without losing a set. Most impressive was his win over the No.5 Kei Nishikori, breaking 6 times in a 6-3 6-0 victory although the Japanese star did appear to be suffering with injury.
Now back as World No.2, Murray will hope to make a statement against his opponent but the head to head in this match as now shifted wildly back in Djokovic’s favour after previously looking like it might be quite even a few years back. Djokovic has won eight straight, dating back to the Miami Masters final last year. More so than that, Murray has won very few sets with just one in the five BO3 encounters. In the matches that Murray did win sets, he faltered quickly in the final set of three of them twice losing the last set 6-0 (Miami 2015, Australian Open 2015) and another 6-1 (French Open 2015).
There seems little to suggest that Murray can reverse the slide at this current time with Djokovic capable of bettering him in most aspects of the game and if he does push him, the Serbian will still be confident of outlasting his opponent. Djokovic is yet to lose a Masters 1000 match this year and next week will go for the one title he has yet to win in Cincinnati.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets