ANDY MURRAY will play world No 1 Novak Djokovic for a place in the French Open final on Friday as both players look to take one step closer to winning a first title at Roland Garros.
Murray has won only eight of the pair’s 26 match-ups to date and the Scot will have to pull off the biggest shock of the tournament to beat the Serbian, who is fresh from a straight-sets demolition of Rafael Nadal.
Here, we take a look at five of their most important previous meetings.
2011: Australian Open, final, Djokovic wins 6-4 6-2 6-3
Murray was desperate to win a first grand slam, but also to prove he could just compete at the highest level, having lost both his previous major finals in straight sets to Roger Federer. The Scot gained no satisfaction from Djokovic, however, who thrashed Murray to win the Australian Open for a second time. Murray had seemed to freeze again under the pressure and the defeat knocked his confidence as it triggered an extended run of poor form.
2012: London Olympic Games, semi-final, Murray wins 7-5 7-5
Less than a month after Murray had spilled tears following defeat to Federer in the Wimbledon final, the British number one was rejuvenated by a gold-medal winning run at the London Olympics. His semi-final success over Djokovic set the wheels in motion for a cathartic victory over Federer, on the same court he had lost to the Swiss just four weeks before. Murray’s triumph for Team GB did wonders for his reputation among the British public and more importantly, gave him belief he could win major honours.
2012: US Open, final, Murray wins 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2
Murray carried his Olympic momentum into the autumn, as he finally ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a male grand slam singles champion, beating Djokovic in a marathon five-set final. The Scot had shared an Open-era record for losing his first four major finals but he made history with his win over Djokovic, which at four hours and 54 minutes proved his physical as well as technical mettle. Now number three in the world, the triumph cemented Murray’s place at the top table of tennis.
2013: Wimbledon, final, Murray wins 6-4 7-5 6-4
Whatever Murray achieves in his tennis career, it is difficult to imagine a match surpassing his win over Djokovic that ended Britain’s 77-year wait for men’s champion at Wimbledon. A dramatic final game saw the Scot squander three match points, before handing Djokovic three break points of his own, but Murray steadied his nerve to serve out an historic victory. The Briton later admitted: ‘’Mentally, that last game will be the toughest game I’ll play in my career.’’
2015: Australian Open, final, Djokovic wins 7-6(7/5) 6-7(4/7) 6-3 6-0
Djokovic underlined his status as indisputably the world’s best player by sealing his fifth title in Melbourne and his eighth overall. It also gave the Serbian his fifth consecutive win over Murray, who was left disappointed by a patchy display that had allowed his opponent to close out with relative ease. Djokovic’s triumph prompted a stunning start to the year, which included a 27-match winning streak, while Murray responded strongly, enjoying his best ever season on clay.