US Open final preview: Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Monday's US Open final as Andy Murray takes on defending champion Novak Djokovic in New York.

Monday sees Andy Murray have the chance to win his first Grand Slam title at the fifth attempt when he takes on defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open.

The pair have a history of producing some scintillating matches on the biggest of stages and there is every indication that this will be the case again come Monday evening under the floodlights of the famous Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

Sports Mole takes a look at the two players ahead of their showdown in the Big Apple.

Previous best at US Open:
Murray: F 2008
Djokovic: W 2011

Record in 2012:
Murray: W40, L11
Djokovic: W54, L10

Head to head: Murray 6-8 Djokovic

Last meeting: Murray 7-5 7-5 Djokovic - Olympic semi-final, August 2012

Where will the match be won and lost?
Djokovic has been in imperious form at this year's tournament, dropping only one set on his way to a third consecutive final.

In contrast, Murray has made life typically difficult for himself at Flushing Meadows, especially in his matches against Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych.

The defending champion is one of the game's great counter-punchers which means that Murray's offensive strategy will have to be pretty much perfect if he is to make any progress.

However, the Scot's defensive displays have been as good as anyone's in the Big Apple this year and he will be quite happy to soak up any pressure before ripping a winner past his opponent.

That said, he will need to be wary of Djokovic's variety from all sides of the court, with the Serb's ability to pull out a winner from the most ridiculous of situations.

Sports Mole says: Andy Murray to clinch his maiden Grand Slam title.

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