Australian Open 2013 TV Schedule: Replay Info for Men's Final

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Andy Murray of Great Britain disputes a call during the men's singles match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day three of the ATP World Tour Finals at the at O2 Arena on November 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic decided the fate of the 2013 Australian Open in the middle of the American night, and it is being replayed at a far more convenient time. 

So, in case you didn't catch the ESPN coverage that started at 3 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, ESPN 2 picks up the coverage.


Replay Info: 9 a.m. ET on ESPN 2


What to Expect

I'm not going to spoil the winner here. Since, I'm assuming, if you're reading this article you have yet to see the action.

Instead, let me set the stage for you a bit.

Forget about Rafael Nadal versus Roger Federer, Djokovic-Nadal or Djokovic-Federer. This is the greatest rivalry going in tennis.

Last season, these two met in the finals of a major twice. They split the titles, and both matches were epic. 

Djokovic got the better of Murray in last year's Australian Open in a five-set battle that took almost five hours. 

Murray got the final laugh on his first major title at last year's U.S. Open in another grueling five-set match. 


Both of these great players have similar styles and skills, and it leads to epic marathon matches. Both have elite returns and are deadly in rallies while bashing winners from any position. They cover a lot of ground and endless stamina. 


Deciding Factor

Plain and simple, the key here is Murray's serve. 

The last six times these two have faced off, Murray has hit over 60 percent of his first serve three times. He has won all three of those matches, and lost the three in which he did not.

Murray has long struggled to control his server, but he isn't right now.

He is third in the tournament with 71 aces, and his serve was on fire in the semifinals against Roger Federer.

He nailed 21 aces and no double faults. He landed his first serve 64 percent of the time and won 75 percent of those points.

He also won 58 percent of points on his second serve, which shows he is placing that with confidence. 

Djokovic will be in for a long night if that continues.