Rafael Nadal saw his grand slam dream come to an end at the hands of fellow Spaniard Davif Ferrer. The Spanish world number one was hoping to complete a clean sweep of grand slam titles having already won the French, Us Open and Wimbledon last year.
Nadal, struggling with a leg injury, was beaten in three sets by his fellow countryman, and never looked like getting up to his usual levels.
The Rod Laver Arena looked on stunned as the top seed fell 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, losing games on his serve early in all three sets.
The game started quickly, with Ferrer breaking Nadal in the second game of the match, before Nadal broke back in typical never say die fashion, before being broken again.
Ferrer raced ahead in the set only to be broken again when serving for the set, before breaking back again to take the first set 6-4.
And from there Nadal’s sluggish movement affected his game and suggested a player not able to give his best, but never likely to give up and walk off the court injured.
“It’s not easy. Rafa is a gentleman and played on after being injured in the first set,” said Ferrer at the end.
“I fought a lot and it was still not easy. I played aggressively and tried to go to the net but if Rafael was not injured I would not have won in three sets. It is a win but not how I wanted to win.
“I just tried to focus on my own game and I am happy. I will do my best now in the semi-finals.”
Ferrer will now face Murray in the final who came through his quarter final, despite dropping his first set of the tournament.
Murray beat unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (7-3), 6-3 to book his semi final place. Dolgopolov proved a tough opponent, having beating fourth seed Robin Soderling in the last round, and hit a staggering 57 winners.
Unfortunately for the Ukrainian, he also made over 70 unforced errors and Murrays first serve allowed him to battle through.
With Nadal out this could be Murrays best ever chance of securing his first grand slam, but a rejuvenated Roger Federer could be waiting in the final.
Will this be Murrays tournament, or will Federer win his 17th slam?