It’s finally happened for Andy Murray. The 25 year-old player has beaten Roger Federer at a Grand Slam and his YouWager fans couldn’t be happier.
The champion stayed in the hunt for a second consecutive major title with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 victory over the 17-time Grand Slam champion at the Australian Open this morning.
The Scot tennis player will face defending champion and top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who was rarely troubled while beating David Ferrer in straight sets in just under 90 minutes on Thursday night — about 2½ hours less than this morning’s semifinal.
This gives advantage to Djokovic for the Sunday night final.
Murray came into the match with a 10-9 career advantage and as online sports wagering experts know he had never beaten Federer in the three times they had met in majors — at finals at the 2008 U.S. Open, 2010 Australian Open and in 2012 at Wimbledon.
There were moments during the match when Federer outplayed Murray and he appeared to have the energy to give him the advantage over the 31-year-old Federer in the fifth set, including a service break to clinch the tense tennis game.
Murray hadn’t lost a set through five rounds at Melbourne Park this year and this morning had the first service break — on his fourth break point — to lead 2-1. During the second set there were no service breaks or even break-point chances which resulted in the tiebreaker that Federer dominated early to take a 4-1 lead.
However, Murray gave his all and brought the game to level at 5-5 before Federer secured a set point with a cross-court return of right-hander’s incredible attempt. The 31 year-old Federer clinched the tiebreaker and the 58-minute second set when Murray hit a forehand long on the next point.
Federer, hampered by a 56 percent first-serve percentage through the first seven games of the set, was able to hold his service in the next. Even so, Murray took a 2-1 set lead in the next game, clinching the game and the good to go with an ace.