What is the start time for the Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic match, and will fans be able to watch the 2016 Australian Open live online?
The two will meet in Sunday’s men’s singles final, with defending champion Djokovic taking on the No. 2 seeded Murray. The match starts at 7:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. GMT/3:30 a.m. ET) from Melbourne. Coverage will be provided through a number of different worldwide outlets, from EuroSport in the U.K. to ESPN in America, and it will also be available for live streaming for those watching online (links below).
Djokovic will enter the match with a bit of an advantage, having won the first semifinal and enjoyed an extra day of rest.
“I’m going to enjoy my two days off,” Djokovic told reporters after defeating Roger Federer. “I think it’s good for me at this stage. I’ve played a lot of tennis.”
But history might actually be on Murray’s side, as five of the last eight champions have actually played the second semifinal match. Still, he enters Sunday’s match as a decided underdog to Novak Djokovic, who holds a 21-9 lifetime advantage against Andy Murray. Djokovic is also a perfect 3-0 against Murray in the Australian Open finals.
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Murray said he is trying to savor the moment.
“Five finals is a great achievement,” Murray said (via ESPN). “You can’t take that away from me. I should be happy about that. There are very few players that will have made five Australian Open finals, so I have to be proud of that achievement. Obviously when you get to the final you’re disappointed if you don’t win. But I’ve obviously played very good tennis here.”
And Murray added that he is keenly aware that history does not always repeat itself at the Australian Open.
“People like to read into what’s happened in the past, but Stan [Wawrinka] beat Rafa [Nadal] in the final here [in 2014],” Murray told reporters ahead of the match. “I don’t know, I don’t think he’d ever won against him in like 13 attempts. When he beat Novak here [same year, quarterfinals], the same thing, as well. There’s no reason it’s not possible for me to win.”
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But those who watch the 2016 Australian Open live online will see what many experts believe to be two very evenly matched competitors. Murray and Djokovic play similar styles and are both guarded about their weaknesses, making them both difficult to expose.
“It’s no secret we know how we play against each other,” Djokovic said. “It’s two games that are very much alike, so it’s basically who’s going to outplay who from the baseline. I think serve is an important factor in tomorrow’s match. I think both of us will try to serve a high percentage of first serves and not allow the other player attack the second serve too many times.”
Those who watch the Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic match live online will get to see if the men’s final can match the excitement of the women’s title match. German Angelique Kerber stunned American Serena Williams to take the title, and in doing so earned her 22nd Grand Slam and her seventh Australian Open title.
But it was not to be, and instead fans were treated to a touching moment as a smiling Williams stood beside Kerber at center court as Kerber was crowned champion.
Fans who want to watch the 2016 Australian Open final live online can click here for streaming video of the Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic match from ESPN. Fans in the U.K. can watch the match for free through EuroSport.
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