1/26/13 7:51 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer gives the Australian Open title edge to top seed Novak Djokovic after his own semifinal exit at the hands of Andy Murray.
The Swiss, who owns a record 17 titles at the majors, went down in five sets to the Scot who will be contesting a third final in Melbourne after also beating Federer for the first time in four attempts at a Slam.
Djokovic hammered Spain's David Ferrer in a Thursday semi, giving him an extra day of rest and preparation as opposed to Murray, who will need a turnaround in half the time.
"Obviously Novak goes in as the favorite, I would think, even though Andy beat him at the US Open," Federer said of Murray's Grand Slam title breakthrough four months ago.
"Maybe an extra day is going to make a difference. But the matches are not back to back, he (Murray) has a day. He's had an easy run until the semis, until tonight. Maybe it's something that Andy needed going into the finals.
"Novak is the double defending champion here. He's done really well again this tournament, digging himself out of the hole against Stan (Wawrinka), five sets, coming and playing good tennis against (Tomas) Berdych and Ferrer. I give a slight edge to Novak just because of the last couple of days."
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