Saturday, April 4, 2009


What: Murray v. Djokovic

When: Do you seriously not Know?

How: Both players are hitting the snot out of the ball, each has lost only one set in Miami, and both are serving like some sort of futuristic android built for tennis domination.

What's at Stake? Though Murray needed Novak to lose against Fed to have a chance of gaining the #3 World Ranking next week, there are still 400 points on the line (and $310k in prize money).

Who has the edge: Murray is 2-4 career v. Novak but he has won the last two meetings, which were both in Masters series events and both on hard courts.

Did you know? That Murray and Djokovic were born 1 week apart in May of 1987?

Did You know? That Novak Djokovic has held the Worlds #3 ranking since August 6, 2007?

In a clash of two hard-serving 21-year-olds, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will do battle tomorrow at the SEO in Key Biscane, Florida. The match will culminate an eventful 2 weeks in Miami, while also marking the end of the hard-court swing.

Djokovic is 22-7 on the year, and has 1 title (beat David Ferrer in the finals of Dubai). Losses to Roddick (2) and Tsonga, not to mention Gulbis and Niemenen, have fans of Djokovic worrying a bit. But his QF win over Tsonga was classic Djoker tennis -he appears ready to defend his turf.

That's good because the man on the other side of the net will most certainly be on the attack. Andy Murray, 25-2 on the year, has not dropped a set since the first set in Miami against upset-minded Juan Monaco. Since that shaky set the tennis has steadily gone from remarkable to how the hell can he turn defense into offense from there? The red-hot Scot has been reeling in victories like fisherman reel in prey on the local estuaries.

Tomorrow's Final on the purple courts of the Crandon Park Tennis Center will be the 2nd Masters 1000 final in 8 months between Murray and Djokovic. With both players at the ripe age of 21, the potential is there for many more.

Thanks for Reading,

The Fan Child


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