Match report

Novak Djokovic ©
Australian Open
Semi final
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gb  Andy Murray 3 6 7 1 5 2
Andy Murray ©
  • Djokovic outlasts Murray, Nadal next

    1/27/12 8:01 PM | Kelli DeMario
    World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is through to the title match at the Australian Open after holding on to defeat world No. 4 Andy Murray in five sets. The defending champion will face world No. 2 Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

    Top seed Novak Djokovic fought his way through to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5 victory over fourth seed Andy Murray late Friday. The world No. 1 tallied 11 aces, 49 winners and 11 service breaks through four hours and 50 minutes of play.

    After splitting four highly-contested sets, Djokovic had three break chances at 2-1 in the fifth. Unable to convert, he collected two more at 3-2. The Serb finally went ahead 4-2 with a well-timed forehand winner. He served for the match at 5-3 but was broken at love.

    Murray looked to seal the win with a trio of break chances at 5-5. Djokovic saved all three, then reached double match point at 6-5. A well-placed forehand volley gave the defending champion a spot in the final.

    "It was so close. Both of us believed that we can win, and that's how we played," said Djokovic. "In the decisive moments we were aggressive and wanting to win this match. I think crowd enjoyed it as much as we did in competing. It could have easily gone the other way. He was couple of points away from winning the match, so I was lucky to go as a winner."

    "I thought I was poor the first set," explained Murray, who committed 86 unforced errors during the match. "Then I started to play better and managed to turn around the second set playing better, and the third set. Some of the points in the second and third sets were brutal. They were so long.

    "I think there's a very fine line between being No. 1 in the world and being 3 or 4. I think that gap, I feel tonight I closed it. My job over the next two or three months is to surpass him and the guys in front of me. So take a lot of hard work, and hopefully I can do it."

    Djokovic will take on world No. 2 Rafael Nadal for the championship title. Nadal rallied to defeat Roger Federer in the semifinals, 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4.

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OMG, I've lost count of the number of articles in the blogosphere titled, "what Rafa must do to have a chance against Djokovic"! Sheesh, anyone would think Rafa was a newbie at these things.................

rafaisthebest , 1/28/12 4:15 PM

Andy Murray will not play in Great Britain's forthcoming Davis Cup tie against the Slovak Republic.

Captain Leon Smith announced his side for the Euro-Africa Zone Group I clash on Tuesday with Murray a notable absentee.

A statement from the LTA said Murray had been advised not to play on "medical grounds" due to injuries picked up during his run to the Australian Open semi-finals.

Murray said: "I'm gutted to miss out on the Davis Cup having really enjoyed playing last year, but as it's only the start of an important season, which includes the Olympics in London, it's probably a sensible decision."

British number two James Ward will instead lead the bid at Glasgow's Braehead Arena. He is set to play singles alongside Dan Evans.

nadline , 1/31/12 3:00 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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