Andy Murray booked an Australian Open 2013 final ticket with a five-set victory against Roger Federer and will play Novak Djokovic for the Melbourne title.
Third seed Murray came stronger into the clash, generating several break point chances before seizing the second seed’s serve in the fourth game. FedEx missed his only opportunity to peg back, so the Scotsman was able to serve the opener out with the first set ball. The first serve points won ratio was 83%-57% in Murray’s favor. He hit 5 aces (21 in total), while Federer’s statistics was blank in that department.
The players were fighting toe to toe in the second set with not many points achieved against the serve. The Swiss was a bit sharper in the tie-break, built a 4-1 lead, but Murray came back and they were tied at 5 all. The third seed had a huge opportunity to secure a set point, but he hit the smash awkwardly, enabling Federer to reach the ball and send it past him. He then hit a forehand wide and it was one set a piece between them.
Murray took the initiative in the third set, created a triple break ball in the sixth game and tucked away the second one. He confirmed the break with some emphatic serving and grabbed the set a couple of games later. The level of Murray’s serving dropped in the fourth set, so Federer could obtain his first break of the match and escape to 4-1. However, his rival turned the set around and was in position to serve it out at 6-5 after breaking FedEx to love. It was too early to celebrate though as the Swiss bounced back, forced the breaker where he was a dominant figure once again. He had four set balls available to level the score – he converted the first one.
Even that could not throw Murray out of balance as he broke Federer in the second game of the decider and consolidated the break with a love hold. No chances for the second seed to climb back as Murray was piling up the pressure and added the second break of the set to wrap the match up after a bit more than four hours of semifinal tennis. He took this one with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 final result. This the first time Murray has beaten Federer at Grand Slam tournaments.