British number one, Andy Murray, booked his place in his second consecutive Australian Open final this morning, with a three sets to one victory over Spaniard, David Ferrer.
More importantly for British hopes, there’s no Roger Federer waiting for him in the final this time round, as just Novak Djokovic stands between Murray and the first British mens grand slam winner in over 75 years.
Murray lost the first set 6-4, and looked out of sorts as he had to save a set point in the second set to keep himself in the tie.
Murray fought through two tough tie breaks and won the third set convincingly to book his place in the final against Djokovic.
“You are probably not going to believe this but I actually thought it was 4-3, I didn’t know until the umpire called five all at the end of the game,” said Andy Murray.
“So that probably helped me … It happens occasionally but not in a match like this. I was so focused, I was pretty wrapped up in it and lost track. I hope it doesn’t happen again.”
“He’s an unbelievable athlete, unbelievable competitor, it was an unbelievably tough match and I managed to come through but he’s such a tough player to play against.
“I don’t think everyone gave (Ferrer) the respect he deserved after he beat Nadal but I certainly did. In the second set I started to go for my shots a bit more and it paid off bit it was a tough semi-final.”
Asked about his opponent in Sundays final Murray replied, “He’s obviously playing great tennis, He’s been there before, we both have.”
In his third grand slam final appearance, this will hopefully be third time lucky for Murray.