Murray beats Federer, reaches final

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REIGNING U.S. Open champion Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2, in a four-hour Australian Open semifinal Friday night to reach a grand slam final for the third straight time.

It was Murray’s first victory against the 17-time major winner in a grand slam event.

Murray will next face two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is on a 20-match winning streak at Melbourne Park. This will be a rematch of their U.S. Open final.

”Every time we play each other it’s normally a very physical match,” Murray said. ”I’ll need to be ready for the pain. I hope it’s a painful match – that’ll mean it’s a good one.”

Murray had a 10-9 record against Federer, but had lost his three previous grand slam matches to the Swiss star. One of those defeats came during the Wimbledon final last year. Murray said the disappointment of that loss triggered his run to the gold medal at the London Olympics, and then his breakthrough triumph at the U.S. Open. Noli Cruz

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