Djokovic to Meet Murray in BNP Paribas Showdown Tennis at MSG

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who have faced each other in three of the past four Grand Slam tennis finals, will play an exhibition match at New York’s Madison Square Garden in March.

The two 26-year-olds will meet March 3 as part of the 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown, MSG spokesman Larry Torres said today in an e-mail. Djokovic, of Serbia, is the top-ranked player on the ATP Tour; Murray, of Britain, is ranked No. 3.

The night will also include a doubles match between a pair of brothers -- Bob and Mike Bryan against John and Patrick McEnroe. The Bryan twins are the world’s top-ranked doubles team, with a record 15 Grand Slam titles. Both McEnroe brothers won Grand Slam doubles titles in the 1980s, with John also winning seven singles championships.

The annual BNP Paribas Showdown typically features high-profile current and former tennis players, and has been held since 2008 at Madison Square Garden. This year, Serena Williams faced Victoria Azarenka and Juan Martin del Potro faced Rafael Nadal.

Tickets for next year’s event will go on sale Nov. 4.

Murray defeated Djokovic in the finals of the U.S. Open last year and in July at Wimbledon, where he became the first British man in 77 years to win the tournament. Djokovic, who has been the top-ranked player on the ATP Tour since November, beat Murray in the Australian Open final this year.

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