Friday, January 25, 2013
ANDY MURRAY BEATS ROGER FEDERER TO GET INTO FINALS OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN
US Open Champion champion, Andy Murray battled past Roger Federer in five sets to reach his third Australian Open and sixth Grand Slam final.
Just ahead of Burns Night the 25 year-old Scot outlasted and ultimately outfought the great Swiss to reach his third Australian Open final in four hours thanks to 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 victory.
Despite playing two poor tiebreaks by his standards Murray was the clear and deserved winner, turning the fifth set into something of an anti-climax in an otherwise thrilling encounter on the Rod Laver Arena in the presence of the man it is named after.
It required a dramatic four hours on Rod Laver Arena, with Murray dominating for the most part but Federer's brilliance keeping him alive.
'The experience of the last year helps, the Olympics helped, but it's still not easy when you're serving for a place in the final. He hit a few balls onto the line and I was a bit nervous.
'I will have to be ready for the pain against Novak, it's usually a physical match. This is the court where he plays his best tennis and it's his third final in a row. I will have to play my very best to win.'
It was a superbly aggressive start from Murray, who was wonderfully assertive on the forehand and created early break opportunities with his returns. It took five break points but finally he broke for 2-1 with a forehand winner his opponent could only flail at.
The Scot served superbly, firing down 21 aces, only for Federer to dominate the two tie-breaks.
And after failing to serve out the match in the fourth set, it looked as though Murray might have missed his chance when it came down to a fifth.
The British No 1 must now rebound in less than 48 hours to try and repeat the Flushing Meadows on Djokovic, who remains very much the favourite.
He will be an even tougher proposition than Federer, who fought like a dervish towards the end of fourth set and, in truth, did well to stretch it to five sets.
Murray was the winner of this match on every statistical analysis, creating 16 break points to his opponent's six and winning 177-151 points overall.
'It's always tough against him in a Slam, that's when he plays his best tennis,' said Murray. 'When his back was against the wall he came up with some unbelievable shots, but then he missed a few in the fifth set and I got through.