It took Andy Murray exactly four hours to finally beat Roger Federer in a Grand Slam match, needing five sets after losing two tiebreaks. With the win, Murray advances to his third Australian Open Final and second in a row, a rematch from last year with an awaiting Novak Djokovic.
This was the fourth time Murray met Federer in a Grand Slam tournament, losing the three previous finals (2008 US Open, 2010 Australian Open and 2012 Wimbledon Final). Maybe beating him in a five setter a couple of months later at the Olympics made the change, and Murray came up with a first Grand Slam title at the US Open.
Andy Murray was serving to win the match in the fourth set with a 6-5 lead, but Roger Federer dug deep to find the same ability to win him the second set, dragging the match back into a tie break, forcing Andy Murray to go back to simply putting the balls back in the court, not giving the Brit a chance to try and switch pace and control of the points.
In the fifth, Federer had nothing left in him. After a five set match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Federer was facing a much tougher mountain to climb, and succumbed despite showing his usual tiebreak expertise, winning 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.
Andy Murray dominated the match most of the time, not allowing Federer to get comfortable and dictate the pace. He took a step behind the baseline and felt comfortable moving the older man from side to side. Two five set matches in three days might be too much for Roger Federer these days, and this match might be more than an Australian Open semifinal. It might the final proof that this is now a Murray-Djokovic tennis world, with Federer not having the physical ability to cope with both of them anymore, not in a Grand Slam tournament.