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Australian Open: Andy Murray tames Roger Federer to enter final

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  • Jan 25, 2013, 18:28 PM IST
Melbourne: In what turned out to be a thrilling encounter, Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in a marathon five-setter during the second semifinal of the Australian Open on Friday. The third-seed Briton outclassed the second-seed Swiss machine in five-sets 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 to enter the tournament final against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic.
 
FIFTH SET:Federer failed to save the match while serving after Murray got two match points to break his opponent’s serve. It's a well-deserved win for Andy Murray.
 
FIFTH SET: Murray extends his lead to 5-2 after holding on to his serve.
 
FIFTH SET: Federer holds on to his serve to reduce Murray’s lead 4-2.
 
FIFTH SET: Murray extends his lead to 4-1 after holding on to his serve.
 
FIFTH SET: Federer finally holds on to his serve to reduce Murray’s lead 3-1.
 
FIFTH SET: Murray extends his lead to 3-0 after holding on to his serve.
 
FIFTH SET: Murray breaks Federer’s serve early in the set to lead 2-0.
 
FIFTH SET: Murray holds on to his serve to lead 1-0.
 
FOURTH SET: Federer wins the fourth set 7-2 after a sensational tie-break. GAME ON!
 
FOURTH SET: Federer breaks Murray’s serve to level back 6-6. The game has now entered into a Tie-Break.
 
FOURTH SET: Murray breaks Federer’s serve again to lead 6-5. He will now serve for the match.
 
FOURTH SET: Murray levels it back 5-5. The Swiss machine looked a bit casual on the last point.
 
FOURTH SET: Federer holds on to his serve to lead 5-4. The Swiss machine came back from 0-30 to clinch the thrilling game.
 
FOURTH SET: Murray stays thunderous on his serve to level back 4-4.The game is full of drama and excitement as it went to DUECE on two occasions.
 
FOURTH SET: Murray breaks Federer’s serve to reduce the lead 4-3.
 
FOURTH SET: Murray holds on to his serve and pulls one back to 4-2.
 
FOURTH SET: Federer is BACK and now leads 4-1. The Swiss machine has shifted gears to turn the match into a nail-biter.
 
FOURTH SET: Federer finally breaks Murray’s serve to extend his lead 3-1.
 
FOURTH SET: Federer holds on to his serve and leads 2-1.
 
FOURTH SET: Murray levels it back 1-1.The Briton faced only one break point throughout this match.
 
FOURTH SET: Federer starts the set with a win to lead 1-0. The match is turning into a thrilling encounter now.
 
THIRD SET: Murray has clinched the third set 6-3.Trouble looms on the Swiss machine as the duo enter fourth set.
 
THIRD SET: Federer gets his serve right and pulls back to 5-3.
 
THIRD SET: Murray extends his lead to 5-2 after Federer fails to break his serve.
 
THIRD SET: Murray breaks Federer’s serve and now leads 4-2.
 
THIRD SET: Murray leads 3-2 after getting to 40-30 and the game.
 
THIRD SET: Federer holds on to his serve and levels it back 2-2.
 
THIRD SET: Murray gets to lead 2-1. The new and improved Andy Murray returns.
 
THIRD SET: Federer levels it back 1-1.The game goes to DUECE and the Swiss machine holds on to his serve.
 
THIRD SET: Murray unruffled by the tie-break loss, holds his serve and leads 1-0. 
 
SECOND SET: Federer wins the second set after a tie-break 7-5. The Swiss machine got the better of the Briton after the game was leveled 5-5 in the tie-break.
 
SECOND SET: Murray levels it back 6-6. The Briton continues to hold on to his serve. It’s a TIE-BREAK now!
 
SECOND SET: Federer leads 6-5. The match is turning out to be a thrilling encounter as the Swiss machine is getting back to his form.
 
SECOND SET: Murray holds on to his serve and levels it back 5-5. The Swiss machine goes out of character to upset the Briton but fails to save the game.
 
SECOND SET: Federer leads 5-4. The Swiss machine has finally found his serving groove.
 
SECOND SET: Murray goes on to level the game 4-4. Murray doesn’t give Federer a sniff. The cross-court backhand gets the Briton to pull the game.
 
SECOND SET: Federer holds his serve and leads 4-3. A clever change-up from the Swiss machine gets him from 30-15 to 40-15 and finally GAME.
 
SECOND SET: Murray levels it back 3-3. The Swiss machine is currently being bullied by the in-form Briton.
 
SECOND SET: Federer holds on to his serve and leads 3-2. The players are matching each other’s play as the Swiss machine wins the game after DUECE.
 
SECOND SET: Murray levels it back to 2-2. The Swiss machine is working hard on his forehand but fails to save the game.
 
SECOND SET: Federer continues to lead 2-1. Federer pulls out his first ace of the day.
 
SECOND SET: Murray continues to dominate the match as he gets back to level the game 1-1.The Briton appears just too good for Federer at the moment.
 
SECOND SET: Federer wins the first game and leads 1-0. The Swiss machine is mixing things up to his advantage as he holds on to his serve.
 
FIRST SET: Murray wins first set 6-4.The Briton has been attacking on his serve as well. He clinched the first set in just 45 minutes. The Swiss machine will have to play through his skin to stay in the match.
 
FIRST SET: Federer holds on to his serve as Murray leads 5-4. The Briton has hit almost twice as many winners as Federer but the Swiss machine manages to pull out a winner.
 
FIRST SET: Murray holds on to his serve and now leads 5-3. Murray is making the Swiss machine sweat big time. Federer must hold serve to stay in the set.
 
FIRST SET: Federer pulls one back as Murray leads 4-3. Murray was leading 15-40 but the Swiss machine fought back to DUECE and eventually won the game.
 
FIRST SET: Murray holds on to his serve and leads 4-2as Federer try to pull up his game.
 
FIRST SET: Federer fights back as Murray leads 3-2. The Swiss machine appears to be on a mission as he clinched the game after reaching 40-0 in no time.
 
FIRST SET: Murray extends his lead to 3-1. The Swiss machine fought back to DUECE but Murray found a winner in his volley.
 
FIRST SET: Murray takes the lead 2-1. The Swiss machine’s serve has been broken early by Murray. It’s definitely going to get tough for both the players as they would try to outsmart one another.
 
FIRST SET: Murray gets back 1-1 after holding his serve against the Swiss machine.
 
FIRST SET: Roger Federer leads 1-0 despite Murray’s lead 40-15 in the first game, the Swiss machine came to the nets and smashed a winner.
 
The Swiss star would want to win his record 18th Grand Slam title, while the in-form Andy Murray would be seeking his maiden Australian Open title after having a great 2012. While the top players like Novak and Federer himself, have been tested by their opponents, Murray seems to have been the luckier one to have escaped any tense five-setters.
 
Murray hasn’t lost a set so far in this year’s Australian Open and his abilities would once again be tested by Federer, who has looked extremely comfortable during the championship.
 
It was Murray who deprived Federer of an Olympic gold as the Briton outclassed the Swiss champ in straight sets, 6-2 6-1 6-4. Federer would be wary of Murray’s resilience of late, and thus would leave no stone unturned to reach another Grand Slam final.
 
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