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Djokovic–Murray rivalry

Murray and Djokovic after the 2013 Wimbledon final

The Djokovic–Murray rivalry is a rivalry between two professional tennis players, Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain.

They have met 23 times, and Djokovic leads the head-to-head 15–8.[1] They have met in nine tour finals, including four at Grand Slam tournaments, with Murray leading 5–4. The four Grand Slam tournament finals the two have met in were the 2011 Australian Open, in which Djokovic won in three sets, the 2012 US Open, where Murray defeated Djokovic in a record equaling match almost 5 hours long to claim his maiden Grand Slam title, the 2013 Australian Open with Djokovic prevailing in four sets and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships where Murray won in straight sets. Djokovic has won both of their matches on clay, Murray has won both their matches on grass, and Djokovic leads on hard courts 13–6.

The two are almost the same age, Murray being a week older than Djokovic. They went to training camp together, and as juniors, Murray won the first ever match they played together. The rivalry has become an important part of both men's careers. Between May and August 2013, they reigned as the two highest ranked male players in the world, with Djokovic having held onto the top spot since November 2012, and Murray having reclaimed the No. 2 ranking in May 2013 before relinquishing it to Rafael Nadal in August the same year.

Notable matches

2006 Madrid Masters Round of 16

This was the first professional match Murray and Djokovic played together, in the round of 16 at the ATP 1000 Madrid Masters in 2006. This was the first of 12 matches at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments the two would play, with Djokovic being the eventual winner in three sets.

2008 Cincinnati Masters Final

Notable for being the first final the two played professionally, at the 2008 Western & Southern Open. This was Murray's first ATP 1000 final, and Djokovic's 6th in total. Murray beat Djokovic in straight sets, both completed in tiebreaks, to claim his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.

2011 Australian Open Final

Murray and Djokovic played their first 7 professional matches at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, and didn't meet in a Grand Slam tournament until the 2011 Australian Open in the final. Djokovic beat Murray in straight sets to win his second Australian Open title in just over 2 and a half hours.

2012 Australian Open Semi-final

Djokovic and Murray met each other in the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2012, which was one of the longest and closest fought matches the two have ever played, at 4 hours and 50 minutes long. Murray took a two sets to one lead in the third set, before Djokovic came back in the last two, claiming victory in five sets. Djokovic later went on to defend his title against Rafael Nadal.[2]

2012 US Open Final

This was the second Grand Slam final the two played, and the first time the two had met at Flushing Meadows. After a 4 hour, 54 minute long final, Murray defeated Djokovic to claim his first ever major title, making him the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry in 1936.[3] Murray claimed the first two sets, the first in a 24 minute tiebreak, and the second by 7 games to 5 after being 4-0 up at one point, before Djokovic levelled the scoring to take the match into a deciding fifth set, in which Murray regained his prior momentum and emerged victorious. This match equals the record set by Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander as the longest US Open final in history, as well as the second longest major final in the Open Era, behind the 2012 Australian Open final (which also featured Djokovic). It also featured the longest ever tie-break in a US Open final, with a 12–10 final score in the first set.

2012 Shanghai Masters Final

This was the first meeting between the two players in any match since the 2012 US Open final. Andy Murray was the two-time defending champion in Shanghai and was going for his third successive title, whilst Novak Djokovic had just won the China Open the previous week. Andy Murray took a close first set before the second set went to a tiebreak. Murray had five championship points but Djokovic saved them all to win the tiebreak 13–11 (the longest tiebreak between the two players, eclipsing the 12–10 first set tiebreak won by Murray at the recent US Open final) before going on to win the final set and deny Murray his third successive Shanghai Masters title.[4]

2013 Australian Open Final

This was the second time (after 2011) that Djokovic and Murray had met in an Australian Open Final. Djokovic was the two-time defending champion (having beaten Murray in 2011 and Nadal in 2012), while Murray looked to win his 2nd consecutive Grand Slam. Murray was coming off an exhausting five-set win over Roger Federer in the semifinals, while Djokovic breezed to an easy 89 minute, straight sets victory over David Ferrer. The first set was a tightly contested one. Djokovic had 5 break points, but failed to convert any of them, as Murray won the 1st set. Murray and Djokovic again went to a tiebreak in the next set, but Djokovic capitalized on a key double fault by Murray to win the 2nd set. The first two sets lasted a combined 2 hours and 13 minutes. But then it was all Djokovic from there, and he won in four sets, becoming the first man in the Open era to win 3 straight Australian Open championships.[5] The trophy was presented to him by former Australian Open winner Andre Agassi, whose record of four Australian Open titles overall Djokovic had matched.

2013 Wimbledon Final

Just 12 months after his loss to Roger Federer at the previous year's tournament, Murray made it through to his second consecutive final at Wimbledon, where he would face Djokovic in the fourth Grand Slam final between the two. This meant that Murray and Djokovic had contested three out of four Grand Slam finals dating back to the 2012 US Open. Murray had to fight back from a break down in both the second and third sets, ultimately winning the last 4 games of the match after being down by 4 games to 2. Leading by two sets and 5 games to 4 in the third, Murray raced into a 40–0 lead in the final game, gaining three championship points. However, not to be outdone, Djokovic fought back strongly, first to deuce, after which he held three separate break point opportunities. Murray managed to save each of these, before Djokovic hit the ball into the net twice to hand Murray the title, the first by any British man since Fred Perry in 1936. The straight sets victory meant Murray tied Djokovic at 2 wins each in Grand Slam finals, leading by 5 to 4 in their total finals head-to-head.[6] In addition, the loss marked the first time in 80 Grand Slam matches that Djokovic had failed to win a set, his previous straight sets defeat coming against Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon in 2010. In the trophy ceremony immediately after the final, Murray said in his speech that the final game was "the toughest I've ever had to play in my career", and that his concentration was so high during the closing minutes of the match. Djokovic conceded that Murray was the better player on the day, and that he "absolutely deserved to win today".[7]

List of all matches

Legend (1998–2008) Legend (2009–present) Djokovic Murray
Grand Slam 4 2
Tennis Masters Cup ATP World Tour Finals 1 0
ATP Masters Series ATP World Tour Masters 1000 9 4
ATP International Series Gold ATP World Tour 500 Series 1 1
ATP International Series ATP World Tour 250 Series 0 0
Davis Cup 0 0
Olympics 0 1
Total 15 8


Djokovic—Murray (15–8)
No. Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score Length Djokovic Murray
1. 2006 Madrid Hard (i) Round of 16 Djokovic 1–6, 7–5, 6–3 2:11 1 0
2. 2007 Indian Wells Hard Semifinal Djokovic 6–2, 6–3 1:03 2 0
3. 2007 Miami Hard Semifinal Djokovic 6–1, 6–0 1:03 3 0
4. 2008 Monte-Carlo Clay Round of 16 Djokovic 6–0, 6–4 1:18 4 0
5. 2008 Toronto Hard Quarterfinal Murray 6–3, 7–6(7–3) 1:45 4 1
6. 2008 Cincinnati Hard Final Murray 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5) 2:23 4 2
7. 2009 Miami Hard Final Murray 6–2, 7–5 2:05 4 3
8. 2011 Australian Open Hard Final Djokovic 6–4, 6–2, 6–3 2:39 5 3
9. 2011 Rome Clay Semifinal Djokovic 6–1, 3–6, 7–6(7–2) 3:02 6 3
10. 2011 Cincinnati Hard Final Murray 6–4, 3–0 ret. 1:12 6 4
11. 2012 Australian Open Hard Semifinal Djokovic 6–3, 3–6, 6–7(4–7), 6–1, 7–5 4:50 7 4
12. 2012 Dubai Hard Semifinal Murray 6–2, 7–5 1:23 7 5
13. 2012 Miami Hard Final Djokovic 6–1, 7–6(7–4) 2:18 8 5
14. 2012 Olympics Grass Semifinal Murray 7–5, 7–5 2:00 8 6
15. 2012 US Open Hard Final Murray 7–6(12–10), 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2 4:54 8 7
16. 2012 Shanghai Hard Final Djokovic 5–7, 7–6(13–11), 6–3 3:22 9 7
17. 2012 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (i) Round-Robin Djokovic 4–6, 6–3, 7–5 2:34 10 7
18. 2013 Australian Open Hard Final Djokovic 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–3, 6–2 3:40 11 7
19. 2013 Wimbledon Grass Final Murray 6–4, 7–5, 6–4 3:09 11 8
20. 2014 Miami Hard Quarterfinal Djokovic 7–5, 6–3 1:31 12 8
21. 2014 US Open Hard Quarterfinal Djokovic 7–6(7–1), 6–7(1–7), 6–2, 6–4 3:33 13 8
22. 2014 Beijing Hard Semifinal Djokovic 6–3, 6–4 1:36 14 8
23. 2014 Paris Hard (i) Quarterfinal Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 1:42 15 8


Head-to-head Tallies

Results on each court surface

Exhibition matches

Djokovic—Murray (3–0)

No. Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score Djokovic Murray
1. 2012 Boodles Challenge Grass Exhibition Djokovic 6–4, 6–4 1 0
2. 2014 New York Hard Exhibition Djokovic 6–3, 7–6(7–2) 2 0
3. 2014 London Hard Exhibition Djokovic 8–5 3 0

Performance timeline comparison (Grand Slam tournaments)


Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

  • Bold = players met during this tournament


Player 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Novak Djokovic 1R 2R 3R 3R 1R QF 4R 3R 4R SF SF F W SF 2R SF QF 3R QF SF QF QF SF F
Andy Murray A A 3R 2R 1R 1R 4R 4R 4R A A 3R 1R 3R QF F 4R QF SF 4R F 4R SF 3R


Player 2011 2012 2013 2014
Novak Djokovic W SF W W W F SF F W SF F F QF F W SF

Career evolution

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were born one week apart (22 and 15 May 1987, respectively). Therefore they have the same age at the end of a season.

  • () = active record (updated Saturday, November 8, 2014)
Age (end of season) 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Season 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Grand Slam titles Djokovic 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 5 6 (7)
Murray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 (2)
Grand Slam match wins Djokovic 5 14 33 51 66 85 110 134 158 (180)
Murray 3 9 14 26 41 57 78 100 117 (134)
Total titles Djokovic 0 2 7 11 16 18 28 34 41 (47)
Murray 0 1 3 8 14 16 21 24 28 (31)
Total match wins Djokovic 13 53 121 185 263 324 394 469 541 (600)
Murray 14 54 97 155 221 267 323 379 422 (480)
Ranking Djokovic 78 16 3 3 3 3 1 1 2 (1)
Murray 63 17 11 4 4 4 4 3 4 (6)
Weeks at number 1 Djokovic 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 62 101 (119)
Murray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0)

Combined singles performance timeline (best result)

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 4R W QF F W W W QF 4 / 10
French Open 2R QF SF SF QF QF SF F SF F 0 / 10
Wimbledon 3R 4R SF QF SF SF W F W W 3 / 10
US Open 3R 4R F F SF F W W F SF 2 / 10

See also


  1. ^ "Tennis – ATP World Tour – FedEx ATP Head 2 Head". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Djokovic wins epic final".  
  3. ^ "US Open 2012 Final: Andy Murray first Brit to win Grand Slam men`s singles title in 76 years". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Djokovic masters Murray in Shanghai | ABC Radio Australia
  5. ^ Associated Press. "Novak Djokovic takes title in 4 sets". ESPN, Inc. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon – as it happened". Guardian. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon - As it happened". 7 July 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 

External links

  • Djokovic–Murray head-to-head
  • Novak and Andy The Rivalry
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