Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Andy Keen to Get Back on the Grass; Tennis

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Andy Keen to Get Back on the Grass; Tennis

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ANDY Murray is hoping the familiar feel of grass under his feet can help him turn the tables on Novak Djokovic.

Murray and Djokovic met in the final of the French Open for the first time on Sunday but it was a familiar story.

As in their Australian Open finals of 2013 and 2015, early optimism that it might be Murray's day gave way to admiration at the stellar level of Djokovic.

In his first Roland Garros final, Murray won the opening set but the match quickly ran away from him and a battling finish could not save him from a 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 defeat.

Djokovic also beat Murray in the Australian Open final in January and has now defeated the Scot in five of his 10 finals.

The last time Murray got the better of his rival at a slam was in the final of Wimbledon three years ago, and grass is the only surface where he can claim an upper hand.

They also played at the All England Club in the semi-finals of the Olympics in 2012, where Murray triumphed in straight sets before crushing Roger Federer to win the gold medal. …

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