Andy Murray wants "painful" Novak Djokovic battle

Britain's Andy Murray in action in his semifinal match against Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 25, 2013
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Andy Murray admits that he expects to be involved in a "painful" and physical Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

Andy Murray has insisted that he wants a "painful match" in Sunday's Australian Open final after overcoming Roger Federer in five sets earlier today.

Murray was twice pegged back in a punishing battle with the Swiss star but came through to beat Federer for the first time in a Grand Slam 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2.

The Scot will now face Novak Djokovic on Sunday in a rematch of last year's final and admits that he expects to be pushed to the limit by the defending champion.

"I didn't see much of Djokovic's semi-final but I heard he played extremely well," he said. "This is his third final in a row here and so he plays great here and I will have to play my best to win.

"I am sure if I get myself in a position to win it it may be easier than it was at Wimbledon for example.

"Every time we play each other it is a physical match, he is an unbelievable mover so I will need to be ready for the pain, but I hope it is a painful match because that means it will be a good one."

Murray is attempting to become the first player in the Open era to win his first two Grand Slams back-to-back when he meets Djokovic in a major final for the third time.

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Gilles Simon in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 21, 2013
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
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19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060