Live tennis commentary: 2013 Australian Open - day 12
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Live tennis commentary: 2013 Australian Open - day 12

Andy Murray has arrived as a tennis force.

Andy Murray has arrived as a tennis force.

Photo: AFP

Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v *Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 241 minutes

Women's doubles final:
Sara Errani (ITA) / Roberta Vinci (ITA) d Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Casey Dellacqua  (AUS) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

The fact that the match went to five sets is testament to Roger Federer's wily determination, for he was behind the game all night.

Murray's serve was dominant. He conceded only six break points (two ocnverted), and was almost always ahead by a couple of points before Federer won a point on his service.

Murray converted six of 16 break points, won 177 total points to 151, whacked 21 aces to five, and hit 62 winners to 43.

The fourth set was the most dramatic of the match. Federer broke Murray for the first time, and led 4-1, but Murray became even more aggressive, and reeled off five of the next six games to serve for the match. That brought a glorious riposte from Federer, who broke Murray's serve again, then scurried through the tiebreaker.

All credit goes to Murray for regrouping from that disappointment to dominate the final set. He is resilient, tough, skilful and superbly fit. The final will be exacting, to the say the least, with Novak Djokovic possessing similar traits.

Britain's Andy Murray is gradually taking over from Roger Federer at the vanguard of the men's game.

Britain's Andy Murray is gradually taking over from Roger Federer at the vanguard of the men's game.

Photo: AFP

Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v *Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 241 minutes

Federer leaves court, acknowledging rapturous, adoring applause.

Murray has beaten Federer for the first time at a grand slam tournament.

He pays credit to Federer's resolve.

"I just had to keep fighting," he says.

"I was obviously nervous, but he played really well," he says of his loss of serve in the fourth set when the match was at his mercy.

Asked whether his grand slam win last year at the US Open helps his confidence going into another finals, he agrees it may be of some benefit, but he will have to play very well for it to be a factor.

"If I get into a position to win it, I hope it helps maybe it will be easier.

"I hope it's a painful match, that'll mean it's a good one," he says of his upcoming match with Novak Djokovic on Sunday night in the final.


Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v *Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 241 minutes

After seeing Murray lose serve when serving for the match in the fourth set, Federer will be desperate to hold on one more time here, to force the Scot to serve for it again.

0-15 of course...

And another mistake brings it to 0-30.

As always, Federer finds some class when he needs it, an off-forehand winner into the backhand court.

But a big Murray return of a first serve brings up two match points.

Federer saves one, but hits long after another solid return, and the match belongs to Andy Muray.

Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 5-2

Another emphatic service game from Murray, with just one point lost. As in the third set, after losing the tiebreaker, the following set has been quick, dominated by his early break of serve.


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Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 4-1, 231 minutes

How long did you think this match would take? My guess was just long enough for patrons to miss the last trains.

Roger speeds things up, in some ways, with a brisk service game to love.

Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 4-1

Service held to love.

As is his wont, Murray goes 30-0 up. Then he produces a superb backhand deep into a corner, which leaves federer motionless on the middle of the baseline.

How about a stunning forehand to finish off - same thing in the opposite corner.


Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 3-1

Federer, almost habitually falls behind, 15-30. A big return to a second serve from Murray forces the game to deuce. The crowd has been quietened by Murray's storming start to the fifth set. But they find voice when Federer manages to hold serve.

Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 3-0

Murray holds to love, and a game he has led all night is once again his to lose. He has won eight of his past ten five-set matches.

Andy Murray's court coverage and penetrating ground strokes more than matched those of his famous opponent.

Andy Murray's court coverage and penetrating ground strokes more than matched those of his famous opponent.

Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
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SERVICE BREAK

Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 2-0

Two errant forehands and a backhand blooper turns a safe game into a break of serve, Federer losing after being up 30-15.

Men's second semi-final
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roger Federer (SWI) [2], 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 1-0