Melbourne: Novak Djokovic knows how it feels to be on a losing streak in Grand Slam finals and he believes Andy Murray will be hungrier than ever today to win his first Australian Open.
Murray is hoping to end a barren run of four defeats at the last hurdle in Melbourne, three coming at the hands of Djokovic and another against Roger Federer.
But while Murray has only beaten the Serbian once in their last 11 meetings, he might take inspiration from his rival the other side of the net.
Andy Murray serves during a practice session in Melbourne on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Djokovic lost five out of six major finals between 2012 and 2014, and the World No 1 is still yet to triumph at the French Open, losing his third final at Roland Garros to Stan Wawrinka last year.
“I’ve played him many times and been in the situation before where I haven’t won specific tournaments,” Djokovic said.
“Like Roland Garros for example, against players like (Rafael) Nadal who were dominating there.
“So I understand the kind of desire and will to win that is present. But of course I don’t underestimate him. No question about it. I have a tremendous respect and admiration for everything he’s achieved in his career. He’s one week older than me so we grew up together,” he added.