MELBOURNE (Sporting Alert) — Great Britain No. 1 Andy Murray has reached another, following his victory over Roger Federer in Melbourne on Friday.
Murray booked his place in the decider after battling to a 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 victory and will now play in his third Australian Open final in the last four years.
“It’s always tough against Roger,” Murray said after his semi-final win. “I think the slams are where he plays his best tennis.
“When his back was against the wall at 6-5 he played some unbelievable tennis. He missed some shots at the start of the fifth and I just stuck in there.”
The third seed did was expecting a strong contest against Federer, and although he drop his first sets of the tournaments, dominated his Swiss rival in the deciding set to reach the final.
Victory at the Rod Laver Arena improves Murray’s head-to-head series with Federer to 11-9.
It was also the first time he has defeated Federer in a Grand Slam tournament.
Murray will now face World No. 1 and heavy title favourite Novak Djokovic in the final.
The Djokovic v Murray clash is a rematch of the 2011 final, which was won by the Serbian, who seeks his third crown.
The final will be on Sunday night.