PHOTOS: Andy Murray beats Roger Federer at Australian Open
dailybhaskar.com | Jan 25, 2013, 20:11PM IST
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: