First slam win over Federer puts Murray in final
Andy Murray will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Australian Open final after picking up his first grand slam victory over Roger Federer.
The Scot, looking for back-to-back major victories after his breakthrough triumph at last year's US Open, proved too strong for Federer in a hard-fought but narrowly deserved 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 win in their semi-final on Friday.
In the process, the 25-year-old equalled Fred Perry's all-time British record of 106 career victories in grand slam matches. Murray will take hold of that record on his own if he can beat Djokovic on Sunday, in what will be a repeat of 2011 final that the Serbian won in straight sets.
The two also faced each other in the semi-finals in Melbourne 12 months ago, with Djokovic - who went on to win the tournament - eventually coming from a set down to win 7-5 in the fifth on that occasion. Murray will need to recover quickly for their next encounter following a gruelling four-hour semi-final, especially with Djokovic having had an extra day to rehabilitate from his own, remarkably straightforward, semi-final triumph.
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