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Murray Gets a Shot at Revenge Vs Novak

Andy Murray Novak Djokovic Australian Open Men's Final

The dust has finally settled on the men’s draw at the Australian Open and it will be No. 2 Andy Murray seeking a little bit of revenge against No. 1 Novak Djokovic in this year’s final. Djokovic defeated Murray en route to his fifth Australian Open title when the two met in last year's championship.

Djokovic heads in off a 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 semifinal victory over Roger Federer and will bid for his sixth title at the Australian Open – his most of any Grand Slam event. The Serb, who heads into the match as a heavy -550 favorite at online book Bovada, has won the title in Melbourne each time he has reached the final.

Murray, priced at +400 in moneyline markets at Bovada, defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2 in an epic semifinal matchup early Friday. This will be his fifth appearance in the Australian Open final but the Scot has yet to come out on top. He has two Grand Slam titles to his credit thus far, winning in 2012 at the US Open and in 2013 at Wimbledon.

The two have met 30 times in their careers with Djokovic winning 21 of those. Furthermore, Djokovic has dominated recent head-to-head contests, posting a record of 10-1 in the last 11 showdowns.

As far as meetings in Melbourne, Djokovic has won all four times the two have faced off down under, including last year’s final, where Djokovic triumphed 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0.

The way he’s played plus his recent success against Murray has Djokovic as a pricey option at the betting window, but it’s deserved. However, as we saw when he was down two sets to one against Raonic in the semifinal, Murray has a flair for the dramatic and is certainly capable of pulling off the upset here.

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