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(Abbey) Road To The Australian Open Men’s Final

You must think whenever I think of Britain I think of the Beatles. Not true. But when I see the above picture, the only thing that pops into my mind is: Abbey Road.

The eleventh studio album by the Beatles was placed on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” at number 14. With hits almost anyone could recognize like “Come Together,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and “Here Comes The Sun,” many regard it as the greatest Beatles album.

Anyways, back to tennis… let’s reflect on Novak Djokovic’s and Andy Murray’s roads to the Australian Open final.

Djokovic: First round – Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-3, 6-1. Second round – Ivan Dodig 7-5, 6-7, 6-0, 6-2. Third round – Viktor Troicki 6-2, retired. Fourth round – Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. Quarterfinal – Tomas Berdych 6-1, 7-6, 6-1. Semifinal – Roger Federer 7-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Murray: First round – Karol Beck 6-3, 6-1, 4-2 retired. Second round – Illya Marchenko 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. Third round – Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-1, 6-2. Fourth round – Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-1, 6-1. Quarterfinal – Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Semifinal – David Ferrer 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, 7-6.

This year’s Australian Open men’s final is the first not featuring Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal since the 2008 Australian Open – which was won by Djokovic.

Djokovic leads career meetings with Murray 4-3, with Murray having won the last three. Their last two meetings were in finals, Miami and Cincinnati, in 2009 and 2008 respectively.

So, with the fact that the two men haven’t met in two years, how are so many so quick to pick Djokovic as the favorite? And what is their reasoning? I hardly think Murray is the underdog in this match, why, because he’s the only one not to win a Slam? And this was the Slam Djokovic won, three years ago? Whether you want to believe it or not, there is no underdog in this match.

Because the opponents are so even, I would never put money on a winner and I refuse to predict which player I think will win.

What I will put money on is the fact that this is going to be a good match and whoever hoists the trophy will deserve it.

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