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Summary

  1. Murray through to Australian Open final
  2. Murray wins 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2
  3. Briton faces Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final
  4. Semi-final highlights on BBC Two at 14:00 GMT

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Serena sniffs history

Before Sunday comes Saturday though.

Serena Williams is a win against Angelique Kerber away from matching Steffi Graf's Open-Era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra coverage will begin with that women's final before Jamie Murray gets stuck into the men's doubles final and Gordon Reid goes for two wheelchair titles.

See you there. Thanks for your company.

Murray into final

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"This match won't take an awful lot out of Murray - the rallies weren't that long. He was moving very well at the end and was moving confidently. He knows where he failed last year and knows he must keep the pressure up against Djokovic and can't afford any lapses.

"Last year he was at himself the whole time. He shouldn't have been but he couldn't stop himself and for his sake I'm hoping he has learnt the lessons from that."

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Melbourne

"Maybe last year Murray didn't believe he could beat Djokovic but now he's more and more confident in his abilities and Djokovic has been a bit off-key at times, making 100 errors against Simon."

Final plans

08:30 GMT on Sunday morning.

That is when episode 31 of Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray begins.

Djokovic has won 21 of the previous 30.

But the Serb, his semi-final dismantling of Roger Federer apart, has looked a little short of the full ticket so far in Melbourne.

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Caroline Fiennes: British men are in the finals of the men's singles, doubles, wheelchair singles, wheelchair doubles in #tennis. Vamos Britannia.

Murray's view

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Andy Murray: "It was tough in that third set, but in the tie-break he didn't miss a single serve and it is frustrating when you don't get a say in the points. Over the match, I got a better read on his serve and that was crucial.

"He definitely slowed down in the fifth set and his movement and serve were suffering, it would have been nice to play a more competitive final set.

"There are a lot of things that are important playing against the best in the world, you cannot afford to do anything poorly. 

"Novak loves this court and we have played here a bunch of times and hopefully this time it can be a different result."

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"The emotional and mental side will be a major issue in the final against Djokovic. Murray has improved that side of his game - the Davis Cup experience will have made him tougher."

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Jamie Short: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray. Waving goodbye to my Sunday morning.

Jarleth Eaton: There's never a dull moment following Andy Murray is there!

Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-1 Raonic

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray tosses a sweat band towards the crowd but, weighed down by his efforts, it falls short of the spectators, landing instead among the photographers.

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Murray didn't do an awful lot wrong when he lost his first service game but since then he has been rock-solid. Raonic isn't the greatest returner in the world so you get some free points but Murray knew he had to be patient and aggressive against Raonic's serve. That's where experience counts."

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Game, set and match

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Andy Murray celebrates
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That is it.

Via a deft backhand volley across court and a Milos Raonic over-hit, Andy Murray is into his fifth Australian Open final.

Sunday morning decided for you.

*Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 5-1 Raonic

Milos Raonic - who won the Brisbane title earlier this season - has not lost a match yet this year.

He delays his first taste of 2016 defeat as he pings down another ace. But surely that is his last.

Andy Murray has a changeover banana to power himself like Eric from 29 Acacia Road.

Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 5-1 Raonic*

Both players are going through the motions of this match, knowing where it is heading.

Andy Murray coasts through a hold to 15. Milos Raonic is already stewing on the first Grand Slam final appearance that has gone down the swanny.

Briton's Gordon Reid is into the wheelchair singles and doubles finals tomorrow.

After a long rainy day we managed to get the win in doubles 7-6 6-2. So 2 #AusOpen finals tomorrow. Bring it on!
After a long rainy day we managed to get the win in doubles 7-6 6-2. So 2 #AusOpen finals tomorrow. Bring it on!

After a long rainy day we managed to get the win in doubles 7-6 6-2. So 2 #AusOpen finals tomorrow. Bring it on!

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Jules Hughes: Have to turn off in 5 mins, to drive the school minibus. The agony. #bbctennis I won't feel safe, til I hear Game Set Match, Mr Murray.

Luke Picknett: My emotional well-being today is being completely dictated by your coverage of the Murray match.

Raonic holds

*Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 4-1 Raonic

Milos Raonic gets on the board.

But this is like the final moments of a Mortal Kombat bout.

Finish him Andy!

Raonic saves more break points

Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 4-0 Raonic*

Andy Murray is starting to get into his own head now.

A telegraphed drop-shot followed by a slice backhand floated long as he tries to work out his injured opponent.

Four break points have slithered away now in this game.

Raonic saves break points, deuce

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Milos Raonic walks on court
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The crowd are willing Milos Raonic on to prolong their entertainment and avoid an unappetising bagel.

His ballistic serve helps him to the temporary sanctuary of deuce.

Two break points for Murray

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Andy Murray lands a return right up on Milos Raonic's toes to set up two more break points at 15-40.

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"The injury has just been enough to put Roanic off a little but Murray has piled the pressure on." 

Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 4-0 Raonic*

Andy Murray is like a small boy pulling the wings off a fly.

He drags Milos Raonic left and right at the back of the court, before testing the ailing Canadian's movement up court with a teasing drop-shot.

Raonic passes that test - just about scooping the ball off the deck.

His reward? A winning lob back over his head.

Murray takes pity with an ace closing out a game to love.

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Melbourne

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"It's been a fabulous match but the injury to Raonic has just taken a little bit out of the occasion."

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Marcus Adams: Raonic looks like a little boy who's just been told Christmas is cancelled...on the verge of tears.

Andrew Punton: Aarghh! Why do I have to leave to catch a train in the middle of this? Hopefully the wifi on the train lets me keep listening!

Murray breaks

*Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 3-0 Raonic

Bong! Bong! Bong!

The bell is tolling for Milos Raonic now.

The Canadian could well have been heading into the final but for a leg niggle. He is now a lame duck though.

It is going to take something truly heroic to divert Andy Murray from the winners' enclosure.

Murray fails to convert break point

Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 2-0 Raonic*

Andy Murray pings a forehand out wide and Raonic is all out of shape as he offers up a break point.

Raonic puts away a smash to stay in the game. 

Deuce on Raonic serve

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We'll always have that serve though Milos.

Raonic's 18th ace of the match takes him to 30-15 and he pairs up a big serve with a whopper of a forehand to advance to 40-15.

Murray is hot on his trail now though. The Scot takes it to deuce as he tries to smoke out a potentially fatal second break of serve in this decider.

Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 2-0 Raonic*

Andy Murray whistles through a game to love. Milos Raonic is barely breaking past a jog.

And even Lady Luck is pulling against the Canadian with a net cord transforming a routine rallying shot into a deadly drop-shot on his side of the court.

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Raonic is in big trouble now. He returned well in the last set to get into games and got closer and closer to breaking, but with a sore leg it won't be any easier to break Murray.

Murray breaks

*Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 1-0 Raonic

Milos Raonic smashes his racquet
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Milos Raonic looks like he has cracked - physically, mentally, heck, probably spiritually.

The Canadian hands over a break of serve with a double fault at 15-40 down and looks badly hindered by a leg injury he picked up early in the fourth set.

Raonic reacts by turning graphite to splinters as he wrecks his racquet on the court floor.

Murray has been broken only once in the match - in the very first game.

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Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 Raonic*

Milos Raonic is the proverbial wounded animal.

The Canadian is lashing out with the bludgeon forehand as soon as he can in rallies, knowing that his movement is compromised by that leg injury.

He is in the last-chance saloon - but that might suit his power game.

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Jillian Ross: How courageous is Murray! True grit  

Andy Smith: OMG! This is tense! Now Andy Murray can smell blood. No mercy!! Let's get this wrapped up!

Martin Robert: A five setter and a day's less rest is hardly the best preparation against the best in the world - whoever wins

Murray wins fourth set

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Andy Murray celebrates
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Milos Raonic sends a forehand sailing long.

Andy Murray levels up and we have a one-set shoot-out for a place in Sunday's Australian Open final.

Murray a point away for the fourth set

*Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 5-4 Raonic

Milos Raonic reacts
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Milos Raonic is wincing when asked to scamper wide.

That leg injury is beginning to nag.

Murray is a point away at advantage up.

Back to deuce

*Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 5-4 Raonic

Andy Murray with a cute-as-a-kitten backhand volley angle to save the first of two break points. 30-40.

Milos Raonic dumps a second-serve return into the net and we are back to deuce.

Two break points Raonic

*Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 5-4 Raonic

Andy Murray tightens up on the backhand wing and send the ball crashing south to give Raonic 15-30.

The Canadian thumps a forehand and hammers away a smash. 15-40 and two break points.

*Murray 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 5-4 Raonic

Milos Raonic gets a spot of treatment on that upper leg problem before a potentially massive game.

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Nigel Cobbett:  I feel very disloyal saying this but Murray will only lose to Djokovic so let's give Raonic his chance.

Anthony Walton: It's tax return deadline time, trying to finish off last minute panic clients and keep up to date with the Murray. Rollercoaster!