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19th January - 1st February 2015
Melbourne Park, Australia
Last updated: 25/01/2013
Andy Murray by Getty Images
Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final.
British No.1 Murray overcame the Swiss world No.2 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 in four hours on Rod Laver Arena to face world No.1 Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.
Murray, 25, looked the more dominant player for the majority of the match, controlling points well on his serve, only for Federer to dictate the two tie-breaks of the match in sets two and four.
Murray, who came back from 4-1 down in the fourth set to lead 6-5 and serve for the match, was denied by 31 year-old Federer who forced the match into a fifth.
Scintillating hitting from Murray saw him take the early break in the fifth; a hold gave him a comfortable 3-0 lead. In the final game Federer sent a forehand long and Murray secured the win.
Murray plays Djokovic on Sunday at 8.30am, British time.
Andy Lapthorne has reached the quad singles final at the Australian Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, while also finshing runner-up in the quad doubles event.
Lapthorne faced a more difficult challenge against Sweden's Anders Hard in their decisive round-robin match than he had last weekend when beating Hard in straight sets to win the Melbourne Open. However, Lapthorne recovered well from losing the first set to prevail 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and finish second in the round-robin phase of the competition behind American world No. 1 David Wagner.
The world No. 4 will now face Wagner for the second time this week in Saturday's quad singles final as the Brit bids for his first Grand Slam singles title.
Meanwhile, in the women's doubles final Lucy Shuker and Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands missed out to Dutch top seeds and Wimbledon champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-4, 6-3.
Italian top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won the Women's doubles title with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua. The Mixed doubles final was setup with the teams of Jarmilla Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden and Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak winning the semi-finals.
There will be an all-Australian Boys' singles final as Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis both secured straight sets semi-finals wins. In the Girls' singles semi-finals there were victorries for 2nd seed Katerina Siniakova and 3rd seed Ana Konjuh.
There was further Australian success in the Boys' doubles final as Jay Andrijic and Bradley Mousley saw off Maximilian Marterer of Germany and Lucas Miedler of Austria 6-3, 7-6(3). The Girls' doubles title went to top seeds Ana Konjuh and Carol Zhao as the Croatian/Canadian team recovered to defeat Oleksandra Korashvili and Barbora Krejcikova 5-7, 6-4 (10-7).