Murray to draw on Olympic experience

10 September 2012 / 06:58

Andy Murray will use his Olympic victory for inspiration when he meets defending champion Novak Djokovic in the US Open final today.

It will be the Scot's fifth time in a grand slam final and, like the other four, he will go in as the underdog.

Murray said: "I handled a big match against him well in Australia this year. It was a great match. I think both of us played very well. It came down to a couple of points. I know how much the Olympics meant to all of the players, and winning against him in the Olympic semi-final was a big win for me. I know how tough it is to beat the top, top players in big matches."

Djokovic looked supreme in hitting back to beat David Ferrer in his semi-final, which was held over from Saturday because of tornado warnings in the Flushing Meadows area.

Murray and Djokovic have met in a grand slam final before, at the Australian Open last year, where the Scot was handed one of the most painful beatings of his career, while his three other finals have all ended in defeat by Roger Federer.

Djokovic came out on top in Australia again this year but Murray pushed him all the way in a classic five-set semi-final, and the new world number three got his revenge at the Olympics, winning another last-four clash before going on to take gold.

He added: "I have had some tough losses against him but also had some big highs against him as well.

"Obviously it will be an unbelievably tough match. He moves very well on the hard courts. He's a top, top player, one of the best players that's played. The year he had last year is incredible."