Friday, 28 January 2011

The AO final is an all HEAD affair

Longtime practice partners Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will go Head-to-Head in the Australian Open final, and you can enter to win a stick signed by the champion.

Head has emerged as a big winner in Oz, as Djokovic and Murray will both be swinging one of the manufacturer’s racquets in the final. The company is commemorating the occasion by offering a sweepstakes for fans. Visit Head’s Facebook page and post your prediction of the men’s final for the chance to win one of five frames autographed by the 2011 Australian Open champion.

Murray, who plays with a customized version of the Head YouTek Radical Pro, reached his second straight Aussie Open final by defeating a determined David Ferrer in four sets. Ferrer had knocked out world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and held a set point to take a two-set lead over Murray in the semis.

Djokovic and Murray were born seven days apart and their rivalry roots back to their junior days. When they square off on Sunday, they will be armed with the same brand and a deep familiarity of each other’s games.

“I think experience-wise we are similar,” Murray said of Djokovic. “There won’t be any secrets with our games but it’s going to be a brutal match. I hope it’s the start of us playing each other in big matches.”

Djokovic has won 12 of his last 13 matches at majors. The third-seeded Serb opened the year with new gear—Djokovic plays with a customized version of the Head YouTek IG Speed 18 x 20 frame and totes it in the autographed Djokovic Monstercombi Head bag—and has surrendered just one set en route to his second straight Grand Slam tournament final.

“I already won a Grand Slam, I just won Davis Cup and I’ve been playing at the top of men’s tennis for the last three or four years, so I have a reason to believe that I can reach the top,” Djokovic said. “I am working toward that. It’s my lifetime goal to be number one and to try to do that in the next year or two or three.”

Murray and Djokovic practiced together in Perth before playing the Hopman Cup at the start of the month. Djokovic holds a 4-3 edge in their head-to-head meetings, but Murray has won their last three matches, all on hard courts.

“It's nice to see somebody that you grew up with across the net,” Djokovic said. “We grew up together and basically made a breakthrough to Top 100 more or less at the same time. It's nice to see somebody doing well, the person who was your long time friend.”


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