Australian Open: Road to men's final

With so much on the line for the top two seeds, we take a look at their respective routes to the showpiece at Melbourne Park.


Australian Open finalists Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic...

There will be a rematch of last year's Australian Open final as world number one Novak Djokovic and four-time runner-up Andy Murray meet again in Sunday's decider.

With so much on the line for the top two seeds, we take a look at their respective routes to the showpiece at Melbourne Park.


First round: def. Chung Hyeon 6-3 6-2 6-4
Djokovic had no real trouble against the South Korean. After failing to consolidate a break in the first set, Djokovic restricted Chung to just a total of six points against his serve in the second and third sets.

Second round: def. Quentin Halys 6-1 6-2 7-6 (7-3)
After answering questions about allegations of match-fixing in the sport, Djokovic enjoyed a welcome return to the court, sweeping aside Halys. The French youngster battled manfully and produced some footage for the highlights reel but he was no match for Djokovic.

Third round: def. Andreas Seppi 6-1 7-5 7-6 (8-6)
Djokovic was in unfamiliar surroundings as he advanced to the fourth round. The Serb was surprisingly scheduled for Margaret Court Arena. It mattered little though, as Djokovic overcame Seppi, who stunned Roger Federer at the same stage of the tournament last year.

Fourth round: def. Gilles Simon 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 4-6 6-3
Plenty of questions were left unanswered after Djokovic battled past the 14th seed. Djokovic tallied a century of unforced errors in a five-set epic lasting over four hours in Melbourne. Djokovic was wasteful and error-prone but still managed to reach a ninth consecutive Australian Open quarter-final.

Quarter-final: def. Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 6-4
Djokovic was closer to his best as he accounted for Nishikori. While Djokovic's error count was lower than the previous round, Nishikori still had his chances in the last-eight encounter. However, Djokovic made the most of his opportunities to setup a showdown with Roger Federer.

Semi-final: def. Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3
Fans at Rod Laver Arena witnessed a masterclass as Djokovic won through to a sixth Australian Open final. In by far his most convincing display, Djokovic raced out to a two-sets-to-love lead in less than an hour. Seventeen-time grand slam champion Federer staged a fightback but it was too little too late as Djokovic moved ahead 23-22 in their head-to-head record.


First round: def. Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-2 6-3
The scorching Melbourne heat was no issue for Murray, who made light work of the emerging German. Murray dominated from the baseline, winning 56 of 98 points from that area against Zverev.

Second round: def. Sam Groth 6-0 6-4 6-1
Murray barely raised a sweat in his comprehensive win over big-serving Australian Groth. Murray dealt with his opponent's biggest weapon with ease after breaking serve seven times throughout.

Third round: def. Joao Sousa 6-2 3-6 6-2 6-2
Sousa proved to be more of a challenge on a difficult day for Murray. Unaware of events unfolding at Rod Laver Arena where his father-in-law and Ana Ivanovic's coach Nigel Sears dramatically collapsed in the stands, Murray was pushed to four sets by the Portuguese 32nd seed, who refused to surrender before he was eventually overpowered.

Fourth round: def. Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-4)
Contesting his eighth Australian Open last-16 clash, Murray was far from convincing, despite the scoreboard suggesting otherwise. Supported by the home crowd, Tomic caused some moments of concern for his highly-ranked opponent. Murray, though, did enough when it mattered to maintain his unbeaten record against Australians on the ATP Tour.

Quarter-final: def. David Ferrer 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3
It was a real slugfest as Murray and eighth seed Ferrer went head-to-head on Rod Laver Arena. The pair exchanged some typically gruelling rallies and despite tallying 64 unforced errors after more than three hours on court, Murray progressed to a sixth semi-final in Melbourne and 18th overall at majors.

Semi-final: def. Milos Raonic 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2
By far his biggest battle of the tournament, Murray rallied from two-sets-to-one down to outlast the Canadian 13th seed after more than four hours of play. Things were not looking good for Murray after dropping the first and third sets but once he levelled proceedings and forced a fifth, he pulled away in rampant fashion against an opponent struggling with injury.

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