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PHOTOS: Andy Murray beats Roger Federer at Australian Open

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  • Jan 25, 2013, 20:11 PM IST
PHOTOS: Andy Murray beats Roger Federer at Australian Open
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Melbourne: In what started as a tennis match descended into a street fight as Andy Murray crushed Roger Federer in a marathon five-setter to enter the Australian Open final on Friday. The third-seed Murray will now face the world no. 1 Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
 
Federer, who had not lost to Murray in three matches at grand slam tournaments, never expected to see the old Murray across the net in Melbourne and the fired-up third seed did not disappoint him – or himself. 
 
Murray's younger legs and lungs pounded out the mileage, his heart pumped with feeling as well as blood, and the grit in his soul carried him over the line after an ugly exchange towards the end of the fourth set to win 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.
 
The 25-year-old Briton had looked the more likely to win the match from the outset with a superior service game and aggressive shotmaking, but the 17-times grand slam winner proved he was still a force to be reckoned with by forcing a fifth set.
 
The US Open champion, however, got off to a storming start in the fifth, racing out to a 3-0 lead and after being two points from the match in the fourth set was not prepared to let the opportunity slip again. "It's always tough against him. Slams are when he plays his best tennis," Murray said in a courtside interview. 
 
"When I was serving for the match at 6-5 in the fourth, he came up with some unbelievable shots. "I didn't play the best tiebreak, it's hard when you're serving for a place in the final and a few minutes later you are into a fifth set," he added.
 
Here’s a look at the prominent event of the semifinal match:
 
 
 
 
 

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    Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his men's singles semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland speaks at a news conference after he was defeated in his men's singles semi-final match by Andy Murray of Britain at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face during his men's singles semi-final match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Mirka Federer, wife of Roger Federer of Switzerland, watches his men's singles semi-final match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Kim Sears, girlfriend of Andy Murray of Britain, reacts after Murray defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Andy Murray of Britain talks with the chair umpire during his men's singles semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his men's singles semi-final match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Australian cricketer Shane Warne attends the men's singles semi-final match between Andy Murray of Britain and Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Actor Kevin Spacey applauds as he attends the men's singles semi-final match between Andy Murray of Britain and Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Kim Sears, girlfriend of Andy Murray of Britain, reacts after Murray defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Mirka Federer, wife of Roger Federer of Switzerland, watches his men's singles semi-final match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning the second set during his men's singles semi-final match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his men's singles semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Andy Murray of Britain during their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Andy Murray of Britain slips during his men's singles semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Andy Murray of Britain during their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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    Roger Federer of Switzerland leaves after being defeated by Andy Murray of Britain in their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

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