Andy Murray is through to face Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final after winning a five-set thriller against Roger Federer. The world no 3 battled to victory 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 over four hours to increase his winning record against Federer to 11 games to 9, and record his first victory against the Swiss in a slam, having lost all three of their previous encounters.

Murray’s serve was supreme, raining down 21 aces. But Federer showed the resilience that has seen him stay at the top of the men’s game for so long, dominating the two tie breaks to take the match to a deciding set. But Murray seemed in no mood to relinquish the match, overpowering Federer in the fifth to go through to the final on Sunday.

The Scot is bound to face a sterner test on Sunday against world no 1 Novak Djokovic, who is bidding to become the first man to win three consecutive Australian Open titles. Djokovic leads that head to head 10 games to 7, though the last time the two met in a slam was the US Open final in September, when Murray prevailed in five sets to win his first ever grand slam. The question on everyone’s lips now though is whether he can become the first man to win another slam straight after a maiden title.

 

Written and presented by Alfred Joyner