We have a brilliant game tomorrow in the Australian Open between two of the world’s very best. The 17 time grand slam winner Roger Federer will battle it out with 1 time grand slam winner Andy Murray for a place in the 2013 Australian Open final. It won’t get any easier for the winner of this already tightly matched semi-final, as Novak Djokovic sucured a final spot after a comfortable stright sets win (6-2 6-2 6-1) over David Ferrer. The Serb is looking for his third successive title in Melbourne.
Murray and Federer are both very tightly matched in the head to head. Of the 19 previous meetings between the pair, the British number 1 has won 10 and lost 9 to Roger. Despite Andy having the upper hand on the head to head he is still yet to defeat the 31 year old in a grand slam game. Last year 5 meetings took place on court, with 3 ending in the Swiss player’s favour. However, those stats aren’t really a huge suggestion as to whom will win the eagerly anticipated semi-final showdown, anything can happen. For example, most people wouldn’t have expected the Brit to thrash Federer in straight sets in the London Olympics final (watch below). 2012 also brought the players together for a battle on Wimbledon’s centre court, which Murray famously said “I’m getting closer” after losing his fourth grand slam final – shorlty after that he went on to win the Olympic gold medal and the US Open, he was clearly very close!
The event has been quite a smooth ride so far for the US Open champion. He is yet to drop a set and the toughest of his opponents was probably Gilles Simon. Whereas Federer had an easy ride up until he faced Jo Wilfred-Tsonga in the last 8, the game was won in 5 sets. A neat passage to this game for Murray could stand him in good stead or will it go against him, having not played a really tough game for a while and Federer having done so in the last round?
We all know how tight the game will be. Federer oozes class that is certainly capable of taking any game by storm but he’ll defintely be aware of Murray’s strenghs, that have come on a lot since the appointment of coach Ivan Lendl. Let’s look forward to a game what promises to bring us some top quality tennis!