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Novak Djokovic Beats Andy Murray In The Australian Open 2011 Final
Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Novak Djokovic deservedly won his second Australian Open against Andy Murray by 6-4, 6-2 and 6-3.

Novak Djokovic wins Australian Open 2011 against Andy Murray / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

Here are my thoughts on the match…

First Set – Both players started the match very strong. They made some unforced errors but those were actually shots where they aimed close to the lines and attacked.

Djokovic’s forehand was working really well in attacks while Murray’s forehand worked really well in defense and counter attacks.

Their backhands were almost unmissable as usual. In fact, they missed drive 2 backhands combined in the first 5 games. (more…)

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Roger Federer – Andy Murray Australian Open 2010 Final Analysis
Sunday, January 31st, 2010
Roger Federer and Andy Murray started the final of the Australian Open 2010 in a very controlled manner. There was of course a lot on stake for both players.

Roger Federer volleys at the Australian Open 2010 (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Andy Murray was looking for his first Grand Slam title while Roger was looking to extend his record of Grand Slams to 16 and slowly but surely create a record that most likely won’t be broken for many years to come.

Here’s what happened in the match…

First set

Andy’s tactics was immediately obvious – play to Roger’s backhand over and over again and hope that Roger becomes frustrated with his inability to finish the point and get out of backhand-to-backhand exchanges. (more…)

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Detailed Analysis of The Federer-Nadal Final of the Australian Open 2009
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer played another epic final in the Australian Open 2009 and Nadal once again proved too tough for Federer.

Rafa won 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 and denied Roger’s 14th Grand Slam title which would tie Roger with Pete Sampras’s record.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal fight in the Australian Open final 2009
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While the official stats of the match do explain what happened in the match, they lack a few important stats. The first and the most important are the shots that force a mistake.

The official statistics shows only winners (shots where the opponent did not touch the ball or barely touched it) and unforced errors. (shots where the player was in a comfortable position and still made a mistake)

A shot that forces an error is a very good shot from the opponent that’s not really an outright winner but still forces the opponent into a mistake. (more…)

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