1/25/13 4:56 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 3 Andy Murray is through to his third Australian Open final after holding on to defeat World No. 2 Roger Federer in five sets. The Scot will contest the championship match against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
Third seed Andy Murray made his sixth Grand Slam final following his five-sets ousting of second seed Roger Federer. The 25-year-old Scot tallied 21 aces and 62 winners through to a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 victory in four hours of play.
"It's always tough against him, when he plays in Slams is when he plays his best tennis," Murray said. "When his back was against the wall at 6-5 and I was serving, he came up with some unbelievable shots. I just had to keep fighting."
After missing a chance to close the match at 6-5 in the fourth set, Murray trailed 2-3 in the ensuing tie-break. Federer won four consecutive points to level the contest at two sets all. The world No. 3 quickly recovered to lead 3-0 and 5-2 in the deciding set.
"(The win is) big. I never beat Roger in a Slam before. It definitely will help with the confidence," Murray confessed. "Just knowing you can win against those guys in big matches definitely helps."
"Definitely it was more of a chase," commented Federer, who missed the chance to reach his 25th Grand Slam final. "I think I had my chances a little bit. Obviously, you're going to go through a five-setter with some regrets. But overall, I think Andy was a bit better than I was tonight."
Murray completed the semifinal effort with six of 16 break points converted.
He moves on to face world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic for the title.
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