Murray confident of beating Djokovic on grass after 2012 Olympic win

London, July 6 (ANI): 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)

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Abu Dhabi: Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir elects to bat in the season-opener of IPL-7. More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The revival of Indo-Pak Test ties could take place in UAE. More »

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left… More »

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

'This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy' More »

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Apart from the foreign players a lot of behind-the-scene activity has taken place in selecting the Indian domestic players. More »

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among the owners of eight franchises of a new Indian… More »

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

Kiwi all-rounder wants to utilise the India leg to explore the country’s tourist attractions. More »

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Says his mother made him change his mind. More »

Supreme Court says no to BCCI’s request

Supreme Court says no to BCCI’s request

Bench refuses to grant access to recordings of Srini and Dhoni’s depositions before Mudgal committee. More »

Pietersen’s ‘little’ secret is out

Pietersen’s ‘little’ secret is out

A fractured little finger could now throw the Delhi Daredevils captain out of action at the start of this season. More »