Sunday, January 30, 2011

評論 | Men’s Finals Preview: Murray vs. Djokovic

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, friends since junior days, face off in the men’s singles final of the Australian Open on Sunday. For Djokovic, this is his second straight trip to a Grand Slam final (he lost in four sets to Nadal at Flushing Meadows), while Murray again finds himself in the finals of the Australian. He lost last year in straight sets to Roger Federer. While the two know each other well, they have only met seven times on the tour. Djokovic holds a slight edge 4-3, but Murray has won their last three meetings.

Since leading Serbia to a Davis Cup victory, Djokovic has been playing at a different level. He seems to have tamed his demons at last, playing nearly flawless tennis in his march through the draw. Marian Vajda, Djokovic’s longtime coach, said that he had never seen his player perform at such a sustained high level as he did in his straight set dismantling of defending champion Roger Federer. His serve, which had an awkward hitch in the takeback throughout most of 2010, has become a fluid, lethal whip of a motion. He is striking the ball cleanly off of both sides, varying pace, height, and spin with an artist’s touch.

全文 Men’s Finals Preview: Murray vs. Djokovic By GEOFF MACDONALD

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