Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic: top two in tennis meet again

The top seed saved three championship points when Djokovic served for the title at 5-4 sparking a four-game run that saw Murray force a final set.

"Making a selfie, that's the first time I have had this experience in my career, " said Djokovic.

"All the way to the last shot you never know with Andy so it's no odd occurrence for both of us to play three sets for three hours".

Murray won their last encounter 6-3, 6-4 in the ATP Finals in November.

Djokovic, the world number two, eased through to the last four, beating evergreen veteran Radek Stepanek in a far more straightforward match, 6-3, 6-3. Some of the points were physically tough but I could not have asked for a better start the season, playing like that.

The incident happened in the sixth game of the first set when Djokovic, upset at losing a point, fired a ball into the stands which then flew into the crowd, apparently striking a female spectator. Murray broke Berdych early in each set and won in nearly an hour's less playing time than the Serb. Djokovic again faltered under pressure and barely won as the better player, but ultimately he did win and has been essentially unbeatable in Melbourne.

Despite going up 0-30, Murray wasn't able to come up with the same magic when Djokovic served for the match a second time at 5-4 in the third set. A signature Murray crosscourt backhand passing shot took him into the lead on the return and a second brought up two set points.

The win puts Djokovic ahead 25-11 in the pair's head-to-head, with Murray's drought of consecutive wins still dating back to the Olympics/U.S.

In the first set, Murray required nine set points before Gerald Melzer mis-hit a forehand to surrender the set.

In contrast to many of their previous meetings, the latest instalment of Murray and Djokovic's ever-absorbing battle for supremacy started somewhat sluggishly, with both players below their best in the opening set. I just tried to make him play an extra shot, he was playing very well.

The second-ranked Serb broke serve in the first and last games of the second set to close out the match. The returner finally got some luck as Murray earned the first break point of the set.

  • Stacy Allen