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Murray: Not easy to beat Djokovic

ESPN staff
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Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have contested three of the last four major finals © PA Photos
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Andy Murray believes winning Wimbledon 'is the pinnacle' of tennis, but insists beating Novak Djokovic in the final would be an 'even greater achievement'.

The 26-year-old is playing in his second final at the Championships having defeated Jerzy Janowicz in the last-four to make it through to the end of the fortnight for the second year in a row.

However, with the weight of aiming to end Britain's 77-year wait for a male Wimbledon champion on his shoulders, Murray feels taking on the world No. 1 Djokovic will be the biggest challenge he faces when he arrives on Centre Court on Sunday.

"Playing the number one in the world in the final of Wimbledon is certainly not easy, but it would make winning the title an even greater achievement," US Open champion Murray said in his column with the BBC.

"It will be my seventh grand slam final and I know that in the previous six, and many of the semi-finals as well, I've been up against the best players ever. That is incredibly challenging, but when I look back at the end of my career I'll be satisfied that I trained as hard as I possibly could and gave myself the chance to compete against these guys.

"Is Sunday the biggest match of my career? Well, winning Wimbledon is the pinnacle of the sport but I hope there are many more finals to come, so we'll have to wait until I stop playing to look back and say which were the biggest."

Djokovic is looking to win the title for a second time, but Murray has the edge over Djokovic on grass having beaten the Serb in the semi-finals of London 2012 en route to the gold medal, and beat him in the 2012 US Open final to claim a maiden grand slam.

Djokovic defeated Murray earlier in the year in the Australian Open final and came through a five-set epic against Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi-finals, and Sunday's clash will be the third time in the past four majors they have contested the final.

But Murray, just a week older than Djokovic, does not expect to see any surprises when they meet once again.

"Novak Djokovic is someone I know very well, although our friendship is a bit more professional these days as we're in competition a lot. We've played against each other in many, many big matches and both won and lost, so there are unlikely to be many surprises out there for either of us," the British No. 1 said, who urged the crowd to get on his side.

"Hopefully all those camping will have a decent night and be ready to get behind me in the final. Your support really can make the difference."

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