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Australian Open: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic renew rivalry

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray meet in the Australian Open final for the third time on Sunday.

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It feels like Andy Murray's year in Melbourne, but the formidable Novak Djokovic stands between the Brit and a first Australian Open title.

World number one Djokovic will start as favourite for Sunday's decider on Rod Laver Arena.

The Serbian is a seven-time major winner, with four of those titles coming at Melbourne Park.

Djokovic holds a 15-8 win-loss record over Murray, including seven of their past eight meetings.

Murray is a three-time runner-up at the year's first grand slam, and two of those losses in deciders have come against Djokovic.

Speaking after his semi-final win over Tomas Berdych, Murray said he was still proud of what he had achieved at the Australian Open.

"Obviously losing in the finals is disappointing. But making four finals is a very, very difficult thing to do. It's not easy to do," he said.

"I'm proud of my record here. I'll try my best on Sunday. I'll go in with best tactics possible, prepare well, couple days' rest, recover as best as I can.

"All I can do is give my best. If it's enough, great, if not, I literally couldn't have done anything more to put myself in a better position come Sunday."

Murray looks extremely fit so early in the year, and he will need to be for what could be a grind against Djokovic.

The Brit has talked up his ability to make tactical changes during matches, another aspect that may be required in the final.

Murray has played with plenty of spin in his past two matches - the breezy conditions he said enforced it against Nick Kyrgios.

It could make for some long rallies, but whichever player can execute better when aggressive could make the difference.

Djokovic is expecting a physical battle, and believes the faster courts in Melbourne are suitable to Murray's style.

"The courts are playing a little bit faster in the last two years than it was the previous years in Rod Laver Arena," he said.

"Because they are faster, because the ball is bouncing a bit lower, that's pretty suitable to his style of the game. He likes that. He has a flat backhand and moves around the court pretty well.

"So it's going to be a very physical match, no doubt about that. It's finals, so I'm sure that we both are going to go out and give our best."

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