Australian Open 2013 Andy Murray v Roger Federer

Andy Murray beats Roger Federer in five sets to set up an Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

25 January 2013 Last updated at 13:05 GMT

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    Andrew Castle, BBC One

    "Andy Murray stays calm, maybe it is because he looks up and sees Ivan Lendl's face and knows if he reacts badly he will get a mouthful. Absolute credit to Murray, he is better than Roger Federer now, I think we can say that. He had his nose in front every step of the way. There were many times when he could have lost this before but he didn't this time, he deserves all the success he gets."

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    Righto, that's me done. Well done Andrew and well done Roger - tennis, of course, was the winner.


    Cricketer Shane Warne on BBC Radio 5 live: "Andy Murray played fantastically. I think he showed character to bounce back. I thought he was outstanding and they way he bounced back in the fifth set, if anyone had doubts about his character and game under pressure, he silenced them. I know Roger, I've known him for a long time. At the end of the day I wanted Roger to win, but was happy for Andy to win."

    John Lloyd, BBC One

    "Andy Murray hit more winners than Roger Federer, when did we expect that to happen? A year ago this would not have happened. Federer would have won that match after Murray lost the tie break but Murray was composed and took Federer apart in the fifth set like it was the first."


    Ali Spence on Twitter: "Bad mistake trying to eat lunch whilst watching Murray match. Just stabbed myself in the chin during fourth set tie break."


    More from Andy Murray: "I didn't see much of Djokovic's semi-final but I heard he played extremely well. This is his third final in a row here and so he plays great here and I will have to play my best to win.

    "I am sure if I get myself in a position to win it it may be easier than it was at Wimbledon for example. Every time we play each other it is a physical match, he is an unbelievable mover so I will need to be ready for the pain, but I hope it is a painful match because that means it will be a good one."

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    So it's Andy Murray versus top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final. Murray bidding to become the only first-time Grand Slam winner to immediately claim a second major at the next opportunity. I think that's right. Djokovic, meanwhile, is bidding to become the first man to win three Aussie Opens in a row. "I hope it's a painful match," Murray says of the final, "that means it will be a good one."

    Andrew Castle, BBC One

    "Murray beats Federer for the first time in a Slam and Djokiovc is next for Murray on Sunday morning. No sense of panic at any stage from Murray, a performance of real maturity and intelligent tennis. He seemed to be in front of every step. A champions performance in front of champions. The rankings say Federer is the number two player in the world but I think most would agree that now it is Djokovic and Murray who are preeminent."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH MURRAY!- Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 2-6 Murray

    ... Federer saves the first with a big serve out wide... can't save the second as the Swiss balloons a forehand long - Murray into his third Australian Open final, that was a brutally efficient performance from the Scot.

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 2-5 Murray*

    ... two match points for Murray on the Federer serve, courtesy of a forehand return down the line...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 2-5 Murray*

    Federer serving to stay in the match with new balls... the four-time champion finds the net with a backhand for 0-15 before tugging a forehand wide... Murray with his knee on Federer's throat and fist cocked...

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 2-5 Murray

    Murray with an outswinging first serve that Federer feathers to the wicket-keeper and the third seed makes it 40-15 with a crisp ace out wide. Federer nets with a backhand return, another easy hold, is Federer going out with a whimper? Surely not...

    John Lloyd, BBC One

    "This is probably the best Murray has played in the whole match so far, he has really been magnificent. Taking the ball early and not really giving Federer any chance to get in this set. It is very impressive after losing the fourth set in the tie break when he had been serving for the match."


    Kara in Manchester on text: "Not sure I understand all this complaining about the draw. It wouldn't benefit Andy anyway - 1st and 2nd get separated, so Andy (being seeded 3rd) could just have easily had ended up on Novak's side of the draw... Lucky for him he didn't."

    Ieuan from Cardiff on 81111: "With an extra day's rest Djokovic is surely the overwhelming favourite for the title. Whoever wins this 5- setter, they'll be too exhausted to live with his power in the final."

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 2-4 Murray*

    Murray misses with an attempted forehand pass and again with a forehand into the middle of the net. Federer with a plum of a first serve down the middle for 40-0 and that's an easy hold. Gird the loins, Roger, this next game could be the death battle...

    Andrew Castle, BBC One

    "Seems like for the entire duration of this match it's been Federer coming from behind and trying to get a hold. And Murray won't let him."

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 1-4 Murray

    Murray right into the corner with a steered backhand, 40-0 and Federer hasn't been in it. And this time it's a forehand winner down the line, that was about as emphatic as it gets from the Scot, a service hold to love.

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 1-3 Murray*

    If Federer does manage to pull this out of the bag it will be one of the greatest escapes in sport - that he somehow managed to get it to 2-2 in sets while seemingly never being in it is a minor miracle in itself. Murray times a forehand return to perfection for deuce only for Federer to serve out for the hold.


    Anthony Thompson on Twitter: "Djokovic must be loving this. Bit unfair that No1 gets an extra day's rest & doesn't have to play 2nd and 3rd seeds before final?"

    Ray Bentley on Twitter: "This is how a Grand Slam semi final should be. Need Nadal back to have a chance of them both being this good."

    Ali Spence on Twitter: "Bad mistake trying to eat lunch whilst watching Murray match. Just stabbed myself in the chin during 4th set tie-break."

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 0-3 Murray

    Murray winds up a savage forehand winner that leaves Federer stranded before Federer misses with another drop-shot - easy hold, looks like Murray's had enough of all this, he just wants to finish it off for the night.

    Pat Cash, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Often when players are under pressure they go back to what they're comfortable with and Andy's never had a great second serve, it's something he's worked on. Even if he does go ahead in the fifth set, if it gets tight again that will come back, that short second serve."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "How Murray finds himself going into a fifth after serving out of his skin for most of the evening, and dominating all the stats, is probably beyond him. But he is, and the Briton is effectively playing an away fixture in the decider as the vast majority of the 15,000 spectators are now vociferously backing the Swiss. Key stat - my laptop battery made it to 12-10 in the fifth the other day. So if we could get it done by then..."


    Fourth set stats:

    Aces: Murray 2 Federer 1. First serves in: Murray 51% Federer 61%. First serve points won: Murray 67% Federer 65%. Winners: Murray 11 Federer 12. Unforced errors: Murray 8 Federer 16. Total points: Murray 39 Federer 34.

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 0-2 Murray*

    Murray comes scuttling into court and misses with a backhand before Federer leaves him rooted with an angled cross-court forehand. Federer fires a backhand long for 30-30, hoicks a forehand wide for 30-40, it's break point Andy Murray... too much heat from Murray from behind the baseline, Federer eventually melts, Murray with the early advantage in this set...


    Michael Blighe on Twitter: "Why oh why does Murray always make it so hard for us to watch? He needs to break this curse against Federer in Grand Slams!"

    Chris Harmer on Twitter: "My degree can wait, right now tennis is far more important."

    Sahil Oberoi on Twitter: "This game should be over, that will hurt Murray. Important he doesn't let his head drop otherwise Fed will destroy him!"

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 0-1 Murray

    Difficult to say who's favourite from here - best not to say anything. Murray pings an ace down the middle that has Federer scrambling in a rather undignified fashion but follows up with a backhand into the net. But Federer misses with a backhand to hand Murray the hold...

    Andrew Castle, BBC Two

    On Roger Federer: "For all the grace, the power, the serenity, underlying it all is the guy is an animal and is he is incredibly tough to play against."

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 7-6 Murray

    ... Murray gets a good look at that second serve but balloons his return and that's Federer's set as his opponent sticks a backhand into the net... as you were, don't expect to be getting much work done... telly going to BBC One...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-6 Murray

    Short serve and Federer piles into it, putting away the forehand return - the Swiss leads 5-2 with two serves to come...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-6 Murray

    Federer into the net with a forehand for 2-2, Murray has now won 150 points to 130 for Federer. Federer clambering all over the net and Murray had a chance to pass him, but twangs a string in attempting to do so. Federer leads 4-2, not so much butterflies in the players' chests as seagulls...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-6 Murray

    Short second serve by Murray and Federer chews it up and spits it out for the mini-break... Murray finds a good serve out wide, on the board in the tie-break, 2-1...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-6 Murray

    Federer wins the first point of the breaker on serve and the crowd go wild, they all want a decider...

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-6 Murray

    Rod Laver is up in the stands in his own arena and while the heft of some of this hitting will be unrecognisable to 'The Rocket' he will appreciate the some of the skills on display - it's been high-wire stuff with a very high tariff, especially from Murray. Murray picks Federer off with a forehand down the line for 15-0 but the third seed follows that with a backhand that floats a couple of inches long. Beefy first serve out wide and Federer is only able to claw it into the net, 30-15. That's some outrageous scrambling by Federer before pinning Murray on the back foot and putting away the overhead for 30-30. Federer with a magnificent backhand down the line for break point and Murray hoicks a forehand wide after a desperate Federer return to hand the Swiss the break... Fed's not dead, yet, Fed's not dead yet...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 5-6 Murray*

    It's 0-30 as Federer nets with a forehand and the four-time champion is on the verge of toppling... just needs a couple of shoves... Federer goes long with a groundstroke and here are three break points... Murray pours it on, Federer eventually bunts a forehand wide, the Scot to serve for the match.

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 5-5 Murray

    Murray serving to stay in the set. Great net coverage by Murray and the Scot eventually puts away a rather dainty forehand volley. Outrageous forehand pass by Murray, Federer barely moved, and the third seed races into a 40-0 lead behind some chunky deliveries. Federer has missed a few of those drop-shots now, just not working for him, that's a quick-fire Murray hold...


    Ben Tew on Twitter: "I never thought this would happen, but I hope Murray wins this."

    Matthew Jones on Twitter: "Murray's mental strength now is streets ahead of where it was 12 months ago. Now gives him the edge in matches, used to haunt him."

    Justin Stone, Leicester, on 81111: "Tennis and Sheryl Crow lyrics, well, if it makes you happy."

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 5-4 Murray*

    That is extraordinary scrambling by Murray - Federer pulled the trigger three or four times but just couldn't kill him, 0-15. Warney snaffling a catch in the deep! He never can stay out of the action, even when he's up in the stands. That's very iffy by Federer, a swiped forehand that lands long, deuce... but that's better, a forehand that just dips in - Murray out of challenges and the smile on his face suggests he thinks that was out. Ballsy from Federer, a hold...

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 4-4 Murray

    Murray with an ace down the middle for 30-15 before Federer gets two lucky net cords in a row, the second ricocheting over Murray's outstretched racquet. But what a shot that is by Federer, a delightful backhand winner down the line, like an artist flicking paint on a canvas. Federer had a great chance to break there - all over the second serve but Murray keeps it in play and the Swiss balloons a forehand wide. No mistakes this time from Federer, running round a Murray second serve and hammering home a forehand down the line. It's getting emotional now - a real desperate punch-up ends with Murray threadling a backhand winner down the line. But what's this, a pinch of controversy as a Federer backhand is called out, corrected, and then the umpire tells them Federer has won the point. Not sure who was in the right there but Murray's not happy and we're back to deuce. Great response from Murray, a heaved forehand down the line that Federer is unable to deal with, but he follows that with a forehand into the net. That's a hold...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 4-3 Murray*

    Federer with a drop-shot but it was so telegraphed you could have seen it from Geelong. What a backhand return that is from Murray and Federer is unable to make the pick-up at the net - break point and Murray has taken it. Iffy tennis from Federer, Murray back in the room. Some day this war's gonna end...

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 4-2 Murray

    On Twitter, everyone's going on about Federer's 'switch' that he's just flicked. Whereabouts on the body is the switch? Is it like an extra nipple? Murray into a 40-15 with a second serve kicker that Federer can only parry into the net. Big serve down the middle to hold but Federer still in control of the set.


    James Barr on Twitter: "If Goran Ivanisevic says that Muzza will win, he will! After all, he said winning Wimbledon is his destiny! And he did!!"

    Karen Bellerby on Twitter: "Aaahh. The 4th set. Famous for Murray having a doze during it."

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 4-1 Murray*

    Federer finds a first serve that skims the T, 30-0. Murray puffs out his cheeks, not good body language, and here's Federer with an absolute screamer of an off-forehand for 40-0. Federer winds up a backhand and sends it long but Murray hands him the hold with a forehand that lands wide. Murray has let the lid off and his opponent is brimming over.

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 3-1 Murray

    Federer, of course, is 31 now, so it's a wonder he can even make it onto the court, let alone run about and play tennis. Well done Roger. Murray with an iffy backhand and all of a sudden it's 0-30 Federer... here's three break points as Murray floats a backhand long... one saved with a virtual ace down the middle... ace out wide... Murray hooks a forehand wide, Federer pumps his fist, does Murray like it up him? We're about to find out. No one said it would be easy. But no one said it would be this hard. No one said it would be easy. No one thought we'd come this far.

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 2-1 Murray*

    Federer with an arcing ace out wide that has Murray clawing at thin air and he follows that with an unerring smash for 40-15. A fairly straightforward hold for Federer and that's just what the doctor ordered, he needed a breather...


    Iain from Manchester on text: "My TV broke at 5-4 in the second set. Roger Federer has been staring at me intensely frozen in time for half an hour. Unnerving."

    Sam, Edinburgh, on 81111: "Roger, don't make Murray angry. We don't like him when he's angry."

    Tim, London, on 81111: "Federer may not be the force of old, but it will be interesting to see how competitive Murray et al are at 31. It's credit to Federer that he can still mix it with the best, whilst someone like Nadal has already shown signs of burning himself out trying to keep up."

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 1-1 Murray

    Federer sprays a forehand long for 30-15 on the Murray serve but Federer makes it 30-30 with some snappy backhands, like a whip cracking on the backside of a horse. That's a peach of a combination from Murray, big old kicker of a second serve and a wrong-footing forehand down the line. And again - Murray only made one serve in that game but Federer didn't really make a dent.

    John Lloyd, BBC Two

    "Logically, and of course he's not out of this yet, but if you were to look at Federer's game at the age of 31 you'd say Wimbledon is his best chance of a Slam. He can get quicker points and physicality doesn't come into play quite as much on the body."

    Goran Ivanisevic, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Andy played a great set and really deserved it. People in Britain, don't worry, it's going to be ok. Andy's going to win. Four or five sets - it doesn't matter, he's going to win. Federer is in trouble. He has to try to play like he did in the second set, change the pace, bring Andy to the net."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "The stats say it all - Murray is winning nearly 80% of the points on his first serve and, crucially, nearly 70% on his former weakness of the second serve. Add the ability to hit clean forehand winners off the back foot and there's really nowhere for Federer to go at the moment. He needs some quick service games to crank up some pressure on the Briton. All gone a bit quiet in here."

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 1-0 Murray*

    Murray got 68% of his first serves in in that third set, which is still pretty high, and delivered nine winners against five unforced errors. That's pretty brutal tennis. Oh, I do enjoy raising the hackles of the dictionary police by chucking in the odd Americanism, anyone would think I'd dug up the skeleton of William Shakespeare and dressed him up as a cheerleader... here's Federer, the winningest tennis player in history to kick off the fourth set... Murray all over that second serve like a cheap suit, rattling a backhand winner cross court... Murray with an easy putaway, here's yet another break point... Federer with the wrong-footing forehand and Murray is on deck and grimacing. Went down like an old man hobbling home from a pub crawl in Cardiff - BUT HE'S UP ON HIS FEET AGAIN! Murray goes long with a forehand, that's a massive hold from Federer.

    GAME AND THIRD SET- *Federer 4-6 7-6 3-6 Murray

    Plenty of purchase on those Federer forehands and Murray eventually plonks a forehand into the middle of the net. Federer flaps a forehand long for 15-15 before Murray marmalises an ace down the middle. That's a snorter by Murray, a forehand down the line while back-pedalling, here's two set points... ace down the middle, that was what you call clinical...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 3-5 Murray*

    Murray will tie Fred Perry as the winningest Brit in Grand Slams if he wins today - he's won 105 matches in the majors, seven ahead of Tim Henman (98) and one short of Perry (106). Federer whips a forehand long for 40-30 but pulls out a plum to wrap up the hold. Murray to serve for the set and 2-1...

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 2-5 Murray

    Murray consolidates with some ease, that's a service game to love...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 2-4 Murray*

    Murray takes aim at a Federer second serve and nails a forehand return for 0-15. Federer doinks a forehand long before just missing with a forehand and handing his rival three break points... Federer huffing and puffing at the umpire, not sure what he's done wrong... one saved but he can't save the second, pushing a backhand wide. Muted response from the crowd, Murray on top again...

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 2-3 Murray

    If this was a boxing match - it isn't, but bear with me - these would be the quiet middle rounds, Murray having failed to take his opponent out early with some of his biggest shots. Murray clutching his thigh after that point, but he does that sort of stuff, and the Scot has a 30-15 lead. Murray misses with a cross-court backhand for 30-30 before Federer sprays a forehand long - a shot of Lendl up in the stands, looking like a man about to be sentenced for some heinous crime. Murray with the forehand volley to hold.

    Federer 4-6 7-6 2-2 Murray*

    Federer focusing on Murray's forehand now, he clearly thinks he's worked out the riddle, and here he is moving into a 40-0 lead... Murray gets a point back but Federer kills off the game with an ace out wide...

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 1-2 Murray

    Federer is a little heartbreaker, of that there is no doubt. Big smile from Murray at the end of that previous game, as if to say "not bothered", but you can tell he's hurt inside. Murray with an outrageous clawed squash shot to keep the point alive and Federer plonks a forehand long to hand his rival the hold... Welsh Valentine's Day today, in case any of you had forgotten...

    Federer 4-6 7-6 1-1 Murray*

    Murray off to a flyer on the Federer serve, sneaking into a 0-30 lead, and has that second set given the Swiss a lift or left him a shell of a man? Federer back to 30-30 courtesy of an emphatic overhead but he then misses with an attempted angled backhand pass - break point... saved as Murray hooks a forehand wide, Federer follows up with an ace down the middle, Federer holds...


    Jason Drawmer on Twitter: "Murray has come full circle - it's like the crowd have sided with Federer as the underdog! Still feel Murray has the edge here."

    Seth Bullock on Twitter: "Murray will win this in 4. Losing the breaker will galvanise him. Refocus and kick on."

    Adam Hodgkinson on Twitter: "Have to hand it to Federer, he did the business on 2 points when he needed to."

    *Federer 4-6 7-6 0-1 Murray

    Federer was like a mechanic working under a car in that tie-breaker - a tap here, a yank there, and eventually he worked out the problem. Murray to serve first in this third set... Federer knifes a backhand return long for 40-15 before Murray puts a forehand long for 40-30... but that's Murray's hold, sealed with a wrong-footing double-fister...

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "It's feeling a bit like a Davis Cup tie in Basel right now, deafening noise as Federer finally got his nose in front in the tie-break. A couple of loose Murray forehands and it was "Let's go, Roger, let's go!"' all around. Murray had it back on his racquet at 5-5 but a bit of Federer brilliance on that backhand and it's rocking in here like only the Swiss can. Crazy."


    Mir in London on text: "I am missing my GCSE Controlled Assessment for this... Murray better win. COME ON MURRAY!!!!!"

    Eileen in Aberdeenshire on 81111: "How brilliant it would be for Andy to win on Burns Night!"

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Federer 4-6 7-6 Murray*

    Murray gives it some humpty-dumpty on the forehand wing and Federer is only able to put his backhand out... YOU HAVE TO SAY THAT'S MAGNIFICENT! Murray with the framed smash and Federer unleashes a cross-court backhand that would have whipped cream... Murray goes long, that's Federer's set. Well, that's a bit of a turn-up...

    Federer 4-6 6-6 Murray*

    ... big first serve out wide by Federer, Murray nets with a forehand, it's 5-4 with Murray to serve...

    Federer 4-6 6-6 Murray*

    ... someone has just texted in to say they're missing a GCSE because of this - what an idiot, it's only a game of tennis... Murray challenges a forehand that is called out and is successful, Federer gets his feet all mussed up on the next point, it's 4-4...

    Andrew Castle, BBC Two

    "Federer is questioning and probing the Murray forehand side and three unforced errors are the result."

    *Federer 4-6 6-6 Murray

    ... Federer takes both of Murray's serves and all of a sudden Murray's forehand is looking like a weakness, that's three errors in a row on the forehand wing... Federer with a swooping drive-volley for 4-1, Federer has flicked that magic switch of his...

    Federer 4-6 6-6 Murray*

    ... Murray balloons a forehand long and Federer has a mini-break back... back in a bit...

    Federer 4-6 6-6 Murray*

    Great scrambling by Murray and it's a mini-break for the Scot...

    *Federer 4-6 6-6 Murray

    Murray finds a biggun down the middle for 15-0... and another for 30-0... Federer with a screaming off-forehand for 30-15, but that's only his 17th winner to Murray's 30. Another ace out wide for Murray, followed by an ace down the middle, we've got ourselves a breaker...

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "There's no question of a doubt that Federer is noticeably energising himself at these critical moments."

    Andrew Castle, BBC Two

    "You feel this is a must-win set for Federer after all the physical energy he's put out. You just wonder if it's possible to come back from two sets down against the 'iron man' Murray."


    Chris Winter on Twitter: "How am I supposed to go to a seminar with this top quality tennis on?! Murray in 4 hopefully by the time I have finished!!"

    Harry Aitkenhead on Twitter: "What hawk-eye in tennis has taught us is how good the line judges actually are, rarely get a call wrong."

    ChrisR on Twitter: "Federer picking his game up. If Andy can ride this greatness awaits. Federer at his best is still the best player on the tour."

    Federer 4-6 6-5 Murray*

    Federer comes flying into the net like a wildman and puts away his second attempt at the smash-cum-volley. Federer makes it 30-0 with a lunging volley and wraps things up with an ace - that's more like it from Federer, but he peers across at his rival between games and gives a look that says: "I wish you'd just go away..."

    *Federer 4-6 5-5 Murray

    The old one-two from Murray, big first serve, forehand winner, as easy as shelling peas. An epic rally ends with Murray ripping a backhand marginally wide and another ends with Murray steering a backhand winner down the line, the ball struck squarely and sweetly. Another easy hold for Murray, his fans will just have to hope he hasn't opened up the bottle of pop too early in the journey...

    Federer 4-6 5-4 Murray*

    Better from Federer, a welcome comfortable hold, sealed with a languid forehand winner cross court... pressure on Murray, serving to save the set

    *Federer 4-6 4-4 Murray

    Murray's 10th ace of the match for 30-0... almost another, Federer framing another hefty first serve for six... Murray killing him on serve, finishing off that game with a doozy of a wrong-footing backhand. Federer not getting a sniff on the Murray serve, poking his head above the trench and coming under incessant sniper fire.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Two

    "Federer has held his first four service games in this set and is settling into a rhythm. Just because Murray won the first set doesn't mean the battle is over."

    Federer 4-6 4-3 Murray*

    Great rally, ending with some rat-a-tat-tat at the net and a forehand volley to clinch it from Murray. This looks like being the key chapter of this match, it's tense out there at the moment... Murray, being pulled hither and tither behind the baseline, is unable to make the forehand on the scramble, that's a hold...


    Ed in Newcastle on 81111: "A-level this afternoon, last minute revision on hold... A five set thriller is good preparation in my view."

    Matthew, London, on text: "On the most boring training course ever invented. Only bonus is internet access and the ability to type Come on Murray."

    Ollie on text: "Revising for my Core 4 maths exam this afternoon, but I know where my priorities lie! Come on Murray!"

    Goran Ivanisevic, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Andy's going to break sooner or later. Maybe Federer can serve better, but he's pretty slow today and Murray's return is unbelievable. Now Federer's putting in double faults, usually you don't see that from Roger Federer."


    Sam Biss on Twitter: "Brailsford deservedly won coach award @ SPOTY, but surely Lendl deserved more of a mention? Incredible impact on Murray's game."

    Sunny Gohel on Twitter: "Federer not looking convincing at the moment, not sure I've seen him serve this badly in a while!"

    Scott Lennon on Twitter: "No sleep at all because I thought Murray would be 3-4am. Probably should have checked this last night! Hope it's worth it."

    *Federer 4-6 3-3 Murray

    Federer hanging in there but this must be exhausting for Federer - while the Swiss is but a fly on the Murray serve, splattered on the juggernaut's windscreen, the Federer serve is constantly under heavy shelling, and that has to be stressful. Murray is a big man nowadays and he's in very good shape. And what about that for finesse, an angled stop-volley that collapses and dies on the spot before Federer can come to its rescue. Murray goes long with a forehand for 30-30 and here's a glimmer for Federer among the murk... Murray scrambles into the net, offers a target, and Federer nets with a backhand. Ace to hold, if this was a boxing match the doctor would be thinking about taking a look...

    Federer 4-6 3-2 Murray*

    What a shot that is, Murray, like a man starting up a chainsaw, whipping a cross-court forehand winner from behind the baseline - 0-30. Murray knifes a backhand long and it's 30-30... "ALLEZ!" from Federer as he outhits Murray in a baseline exchange but he follows that with a limp backhand into the net. Federer nicks the advantage as Murray goes long with a forehand return and the Swiss wraps things up with his second ace, right on the T...

    *Federer 4-6 2-2 Murray

    That's better from Federer, a crackerjack cross-court forehand that will remind him of better times. But he misses with another backhand with the court at his mercy and Murray closes out another pretty comfortable hold. Federer waiting for Murray to wilt... it might never happen...

    Federer 4-6 2-1 Murray*

    Double fault by Federer for 15-15 and he's yet to hit an ace, Murray all over his service games like a slobbering dog on a bone. Federer with a fine backhand that skims the sideline and he wraps up the hold with his first ace, an in-swinger that pitches on middle and is taken at first slip.


    Paddy von Behr on Twitter: "I wonder what odds on Djokovic beating Murray in every Grand Slam final this year."

    Irshad Bhat on Twitter: "Although many will not agree with me but I still back Federer to win. Come on Roger."

    Tashan Atukorala on Twitter: "Lendl was before my time, but he must be a tennis genius. Completely revolutionised Murray's game and made him fierce on court!"

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "It's still blustery and chilly, suiting Murray down to the ground, and a combination of serving and returning well will get you a long way in this game. Murray has regularly hit the 210-215kph mark and is giving Federer nowhere to go once into the rallies, pounding the Swiss backhand and dictating thoroughly. It's looking a lot more London 2012 than Wimbledon 2012 at the moment."

    John Lloyd, BBC Two

    "The big thing is the number of Murray winners. You don't expect to see that playing against Federer, almost three times as many winners. OK, there are a lot of unforced errors but when you're forcing the pace like Murray that's going to happen. Federer has certainly got to serve better and he'll hope and expect Murray can't keep that first serve percentage up. But Federer has been in this position before so he won't panic. There's a long way to go yet."


    First set stats:

    Aces: Murray 5 Federer 0. First serves in: Murray 72% Federer 58%. First serve points won: Murray 83% Federer 57%. Winners: Murray 16 Federer 6. Unforced errors: Murray 16 Federer 9. Total points: Murray 37 Federer 31.

    *Federer 4-6 1-1 Murray

    Federer with a spot of serve and volley in that last game, a sign that Federer already realises that Plan A won't get the job done. I get the feeling Plans X, Y and Z might come up short against Murray this morning. Evening. Whatever. Federer skins Murray with a backhand pass before the Scot retaliates with a ripsnorting ace down the middle for 30-15. Ace out wide for the hold, I almost feel sorry for Federer at the moment, he's being bullied out there.

    Federer 4-6 1-0 Murray*

    That was very conclusive from Murray - 72% first serves in, 16 winners to Federer's six, 16 sets in a row. Go on Ivan, give him a round of applause! No, Lendl can't be bothered... it's difficult to see how Federer can claw his way back into this match, if Murray stays at the same level. Federer having to win every point two or three times at the moment, Murray getting everything back, but Federer makes it 15-15 with a forehand-volley combination. Federer, having to go for the lines, misses with an attempted forehand pass, but that's a neat pick-up to nick the advantage... Federer wraps up the hold with a well-directed backhand, although Murray still got his racquet on it...

    GAME AND FIRST SET- *Federer 4-6 Murray

    Murray fans, I wouldn't start counting your chickens just yet, but maybe make a mental note of the number of eggs - you have to say it's looking good. Murray with another ace to kick off this service game before Federer levels things behind a searing forehand return. But here's another biggun down the middle for 30-15 and here's Murray serving for the first set... easy does it, another reliable first serve and Federer can only poke it long.


    Pieter Claussen on Twitter: "Watching the tennis from down under. A cyclone outside and some spine-tingling tennis inside. Murray to win in 4 sets."

    Chris Heron on Twitter: "In a lecture on the Hundred Years War at the moment, hope nothing interesting happens in the tennis for the next 45 mins."

    Yogesh P on Twitter: "In Hong Kong, watching tennis on mute on 1 of my monitors at work. The world financial markets can wait for a few hours."

    Federer 4-5 Murray*

    Federer really struggling to match Murray's vitality out there, it almost feels like a changing-of-the guard match - Federer's finesse suddenly looks a bit old-hat, it's all about the rippling physicality of Murray. But that's a hold as Murray goes long with a forehand...

    *Federer 3-5 Murray

    The old one-two, first serve out wide and a forehand down the middle... tremendous net coverage by Murray, lunging low on the backhand wing before putting away the backhand volley. Murray moves to 40-0 with a big first serve down the middle, Federer nets with an attempted backhand pass down the line, that's another straightforward hold - Federer serving to stay in the set...


    Stuart in Aberdeen on 8111: "Nice and aggressive Andy! You've got him on the ropes already."

    Kevin on text: "On the train to Birmingham... Catching updates via BBC on my IPad... Come on Roger. Wanna see u best Nole on Sunday!"

    Goran Ivanisevic, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Murray's just dominating at the moment. He's moving well from the back. He's returning well. The conditions are slower and this is definitely advantage Murray. He's in control completely. In these conditions Federer has no chance."

    John Lloyd, BBC Two

    "Federer will be a bit happier with that last service game where he got a couple of good serves in. His first service count hasn't been that great. To me, both of them - even though Murray is a break up - haven't settled down and there are a few more unforced errors than I would have expected to see. I think it's more windy than we thought, both are struggling just a little bit on the serve."

    Federer 3-4 Murray*

    Federer not hitting many winners at the moment and here he is shovelling a forehand long. Murray is getting everything back at the moment, for Federer it's like trying to tunnel into the side of a mountain using a hand drill. Another break point for Murray... what a point that is, Federer with the backhand smash and Murray very nearly picking him off with a desperate backhand flick down the line. That's a hold, but it's desperate at the moment for Federer...

    *Federer 2-4 Murray

    Murray into the net and Federer picks him off with a backhand down the line - one of the world's great sights, up there with the great Serengeti wildebeest migration. Murray really drilling deep with these groundstrokes, on both sides, and here's an ace down the middle for 40-15... Murray knifes a backhand wide - just - before jamming a first serve into Federer's body to hold...


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    Federer 2-3 Murray*

    Federer could do with some cheap points and an easy hold, a few first serves would help... the Swiss gets a couple in for 40-0 and wraps up that game in double-quick time... and take a deep, deep breath...

    *Federer 1-3 Murray

    This is very ominous for Federer - every one of his service games is an arm-wrestle, Murray's service games are a doddle for the Scot, here he is moving into a 40-0 lead courtesy of an ace down the middle. But that's why you write off Federer at your peril - Federer with the pass and Murray is only able to plonk a rather wooden looking backhand volley wide for deuce. And just like that, it's a Federer break point as Murray finds the net with a backhand down the line... ace Murray, Federer puts a lob long, Murray tugs a forehand wide, back to deuce... Murray into the net and he puts away a slam-dunk volley for the advantage and holds as Federer goes long with a backhand return... Murray slams the big steel door in Federer's face...


    Danai Mashego on Twitter: "Following the tennis on my phone via #bbctennis as I'm at work on scorching 38 C day in Pretoria. Being a grown-up is overrated."

    Leo Mitchell on Twitter: "Just finished exams but still up early to watch Murray crush it!"

    Rakesh Pradhan on Twitter: "Two gladiators slugging it out for the right to lose to Djokovic. Epic battle ahead."

    Federer 1-2 Murray*

    Murray really pressurising the Federer serve and he moves to 15-30 courtesy of another chunky forehand that his rival can only parry into the net. More angles than Pythagoras in that rally, both men playing cross-court on the backhand wing, but it's Federer who cracks first - two more break points. Murray with the chance for a pass but he hooks his forehand wide before dumping a lame-looking backhand into the net. What a shot that is by Murray, a whipped top-spin forehand that leaves Federer rooted behind the baseline... another break point gone, Murray with a look at the Federer second serve again but he hooks another forehand wide... and another as Federer misses the baseline with a backhand... BREAK! This time the cross-court forehand hits its mark and Federer can only bunt a forehand into the net. Worrying signs for Federer, Murray wearing him down like an axle grinder.

    John Lloyd, BBC Two

    "In all likelihood Federer will make a fast start and will want to impose himself early. There will probably be periods when he strings two or three exceptional points together and you think 'he can't be beaten''. But Murray knows he can be beaten now, if he can just keeping getting that extra ball back."

    *Federer 1-1 Murray

    Murray misses with a forehand into the tramlines but he's straight back into his stride, wrapping things up with a boomer down the middle that Feds can only outside edge to gully...

    Federer 1-0 Murray*

    Forget what I said just a moment ago, it's Federer to serve first. The Swiss wins the first point of the match as Murray nets with a forehand but Murray follows up with a vicious inside-out forehand winner - spunky. Federer into the net and it's second time lucky with a forehand volley but the four-time champion gets an iffy net cord on the next point and the ball lands out. The first punch-up of the match and early signs are that it's Murray who is delivering the heavier ball, Federer eventually shovelling a forehand long... Federer saves a break point with a ballsy drive-volley before clinching the hold with a cross-court, angled forehand. I am reminded of the words of the late Reg Gutteridge on watching the opening exchanges of Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns: "It's like walking into a minefield, no scouting reports with these two..."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "It's like being back at the O2 in November - Murray walks on to a hearty cheer, Federer walks on and it's Beatlemania. Grown women weeping, almost. It happens everywhere, not matter who he's playing, as big a global superstar as there is in sport. Even the lad doing the coin toss is a Federer fan."


    Jessica in Newcastle: "Also in the Robinson library in Newcastle, I am disgusted that there is someone thinking Rfed will wrap this up quickly in this institution... "This is a house of learned doctors"... Murray in 4 before a tricky economics exam."

  112. 0840: 

    There is cloud cover in Melbourne, which will be a blessed relief to both players. Federer, as always, looking wry, spry and crisp and dry in box-fresh grey shirt with charcoal shorts, Murray in black round-neck with lemon piping.


    Former England rugby union player Brian Moore on Twitter: "Don't get me wrong - I'm firmly in the Murray camp but Federer's backhand is poetry in motion."

  114. 0836: 

    Here's the handshake - no questions asked by either player, Murray wins the toss, chooses the side and Federer asks him to serve... players knocking up...


    Matthew Brown on Twitter: "Priorities sorted out... Skipping a lecture to watch the tennis. Come on Andy!!!"

    Ellie Lambert on Twitter: "Day off work, special breakfast & about to watch two of the world's finest athletes do battle."

    Scott from Scotland on text: "What's with people supporting Roger?!?! Come on, Andy!"

    Saral Karki on Twitter: "Murray to win in straight sets, unless that is the sky opens up and the roof has to be closed."

    John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "What Lendl has done, which was the missing ingredient, is the mental side. Murray would go through a bad patch in a match and get down and shout at everybody and let the other players know what he was feeling. Lendl instilled you can't do that against the top three. There are times today when Federer is going to be brilliant but it shouldn't affect Murray now."

  117. 0834: 

    Players are set to be on court any moment now, stand by. On BBC2 we've got Sue Barker, John Lloyd and Andrew Castle chatting about the match. Doesn't seem quite right having Lloydy in Salford, he belongs exclusively on the rivieras of Europe with the nut-brown head of his. Here come the players now, making their way through the bowels of Rod Laver before spewing out onto the court - Federer getting the bigger reception, it has to be said...


    Jack Butler on Twitter: "Come on Andy, wrap this one up quickly, some of us are going to see Django Unchained later."

    Linda Gordon on Twitter: "Eating my porridge in support of Andy Murray this morning - C'mon Andy!"

    Nivash Singh on Twitter: "Fed to win in 4. He has too much BMT and experience for Murray."

  119. 0829: 

    Right, who's your money on? I'm going with Agassi, Murray in four. What are the bookies saying? They're saying Murray is 8-13, with Federer 13-10. Punchy.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    On Roger Federer: "Thirty-one years of age is quite old to be a world class tennis player. He clearly works extremely hard and never gets injured. It's the freshness. He just loves the game. He may be a third of a step slower than he was five, six, seven years ago but he's flourished with the rivalry of Nadal, Djokovic and Murray and that rivalry has reinvigorated him. It's thrilling to see him competing against the younger guys."

    John Lloyd, BBC Sport

    "Winning the Olympics was the key for Murray, to go out and demolish Federer the way he did. Then, of course, he went on to win the US Open but a lot of players take their foot off the gas after winning their first Grand Slam. Murray has worked hard to get even better and to me he's in the best shape ever. The Lendl signing was the best bit of business he's ever done. Murray's the one who has to hit the balls and win the point but Lendl has done so much. Murray is a different player now, he'll be aggressive and take the action to Federer."

  122. 0824: 

    Murray is on a 12-match winning streak at the majors, having won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open. He is bidding to become the first maiden Grand Slam winner to immediately claim a second major in the next event. But it's all ifs and buts and maybes...

    Goran Ivanisevic, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Murray has a chance today because the conditions are at least 10C cooler, the ball is going to be heavier and slower. He's ready, he's fit and believes in himself. It doesn't matter if he's never beaten Federer in a Grand Slam final. He believes he's going to win and he's going to win today."


    Ollie in The Robinson Library in Newcastle: "Politics exam in 5 hours time - Need RFed to wrap this one up quickly please."

  125. 0821: 

    Wants some more Federer stats all over your face? By defeating Bernard Tomic in the third round, Federer became the first man to win 250 Grand Slam matches. Jimmy Connors (233), Andre Agassi (224) and Alex Bogdanovic (0) are behind him. Murray is bidding for a place in his sixth Grand Slam final and were he to win today he would be the first Briton to reach three Aussie Open finals - Fred Perry reached two and won one.


    AdamLakha on Twitter: "I think Roger will win this today, will be close battle but don't think it'll be Andy Murray's day! Come on Federer!"

    Matthew Riordan on Twitter: "Murray against Federer has the makings of a classic. Sense Novak wants Murray in final to exact revenge for the US Open defeat."

    Alex on Twitter: "Federer to win in five! Expecting an epic!"

  127. 0813: 

    So there you have it, four-time winner Andre Agassi sees Murray winning in four. What does he know. When it's Federer you're talking about, you become incontinent with stats: the only other player in the Open Era to have made more consecutive semi-final appearances at one Grand Slam tournament is James Connors who reached 12 straight at his beloved US Open. This is Federer's 10th Aussie Open semi in a row.


    Four-time Aussie Open champion Andre Agassi: "I see Murray winning in four, but I'm sort of out of the business of predicting Federer. For half his career he impressed me and surprised me; now he no longer surprises me. He just continues to impress me with what he's able to do. But he's almost 32 years old, just went through a monster battle with Tsonga and is heading in against a guy that is going to get him to feel the need to press early, or else it's going to be a physical duel."

  129. 0808: 

    Murray is one of only two active players with a winning record against Federer, the other being Rafa Nadal. Federer, meanwhile, is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to reach six Australian Open finals - Sweden's Stefan Edberg reached five - and extend his record of Grand Slam finals to 25.

  130. 0803: 

    Some wild and irresponsible chat flying around in my office this morning - I'm not at Melbourne Park, by the way, I'm in a place called Quay House in Salford. People claiming "Murray's gonna hammer him", "Federer's got no chance", "Andy in three". It's almost as if Federer's 17 Grand Slam titles never happened. Murray does indeed lead Federer 10-9 in head-to-heads - but Federer leads 3-0 in Slammers and won their last encounter at the ATP World Tour Finals.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "It's been a cloudy, windy day in Melbourne, with the temperature peaking at 30C early this morning and dropping steadily to around 20C now. Murray was out hitting on a sunlit Rod Laver Arena during the best of it, although it won't have provided much in terms of acclimatisation for this evening. Andre Agassi has been talking to the media this afternoon, and he picks the Briton to win in four sets but Djokovic to win the final. And he knows his stuff."

  132. 0800: 

    Morning. Today we have a game of tennis between four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer and a Scottish man called Andy Murray. Although obviously if he wins he'll be British. That was a joke. It should be fun. Join me.

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