It took five sets, but Andy Murray was able to outlast Roger Federer to win the players' 2013 Australian Open semifinal and advance to face Novak Djokovic in the final.
Roger Federer played up to his own mythology in the men's semifinal of the 2013 Australian Open, winning tiebreaks in the second and fourth sets to push Andy Murray to his limit. But in the end, the British No. 3 seed dominated in the fifth set to pull off a victory over the No. 2 seed Swiss legend 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2. Murray will face No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday at Rod Laver Arena.
In the fifth set, Murray won the first game easily, then broke Federer to go up 2-0. He easily backed up his break, and Federer was on the ropes. Federer was able to win his next two service games, but the advantage Murray gained was decisive and he finished off the match by dominating his own service games and ended it with one last break.
The victory is revenge for Murray; the last time the two met in the Aussie was the 2010 final, which Federer won in straight sets. Federer was 3-0 in majors against Murray coming into Friday, having last beaten him in the 2012 Wimbledon final.
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