Murray confident of beating Djokovic in Wimbledon final

Murray confident of beating Djokovic in Wimbledon final
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Murray confident of beating Djokovic on grass after 2012 Olympic win
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British tennis ace Andy Murray has said that he is confident of beating world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday as he believes that he has got an advantage over the Serb on grass after his 2012 Olympic win.

Ready to end Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles champion, Murray, who has become the first British man for 74 years to play in the singles final at Wimbledon after Fred Perry, beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, despite a controversial delay while the roof was closed because of bad light, the Independent reports.

Last August, Murray defeated Djokovic in the 2012 London Olympics semi-final in straight sets before going on to claim gold on Centre Court, for which he is confident of defeating Djokovic on Sunday, adding that he has an edge over the Serb on grass as he had won against him in the same medium in the Olympics.

According to the report, the rivalry between Djokovic and Murray has become the sport's headline act over the last year with the Serb and the Briton both reaching the final of the last three Grand Slam tournaments in which both have played.

But, the report added that although Murray had earlier said that Djokovic is the favourite to claim the Wimbledon title this year, his later claims of beating the Serb on grass cannot be negated as Murray is currently on a 17-match winning streak on grass, and his only defeat in his last 24 matches on the surface was to Roger Federer in last year's final.

The report also said that Murray's record of consistency in the last five years at the All England Club is better than that of any other player as he has reached the semi-finals five years in a row and has now made it through to his second successive final

However, the report further said that Djokovic also could not be overlooked as he has won 11 of his 18 meetings with Murray, including the most recent in Melbourne earlier this year, adding that he also has a better success rate as he has won six Grand Slam titles as compared to Murray's lone US Open one.

Although Djokovic will have to recover from his gruelling semi-final before Sunday's finale, he did not see that as a problem, saying that he still felt fine physically despite playing five sets amid a number of falls, sliding, running and long exchanges. According to the 2011 Wimbledon champ, this is not the first time that he has been in this situation, adding that he had been in worse situations before, like at the 2012 Australian Open, where he managed to recover and play another six hours to win the final. (ANI)

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