Novak Djokovic is expecting a fierce battle with an old friend and familiar protagonist when he makes a bid for history in the Australian Open final against Andy Murray on Sunday.
World number two Murray also lost to Roger Federer in the 2010 final and is looking to become the first man to lose four finals at a grand slam before finally winning the title.
Here are some other interesting facts as the world’s top two tennis player get set to battle it out at the Rod Laver Arena.
1) Sunday’s final will be the 31st duel between the two, with Djokovic having won 21.
2) Since Murray beat the Serb in the 2013 Wimbledon final, the Briton has beaten world number one just once in 11 matches – in the Rogers Cup in 2015.
3) A win in the final will give Nole his 11th Grand Slam title, equalling Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on the all-time list.
4) Murray has lost to Novak in three Australian Open finals (2011, 2013 and 2015).
5) Djokovic has dropped three sets at Melbourne Park this term compared to Murray’s 4.
6) The defending champion has won two of the three tiebreaks so far in Melbourne. Murray has lost two of the three.
7) Novak is one win away from equalling Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open titles.