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Federer defeats Murray to progress

Posted on 22/01/2014 in Tennis

Four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer has completed a four-set victory over Andy Murray to progress to the semi-finals of the competition. 

The Swiss former world number one won 6-3 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 to set up a semi-final against Rafael Nadal. 

Federer came close to winning the match inside three sets, but failed to serve out and missed two match points during the tie-break. 

Murray, in only his second tournament since back surgery, saved six break points in an epic 19-minute game early in the fourth set, but was constantly on the back foot and eventually succumbed. 

After the match, the Scot said: "I was proud of the way I fought. I changed my tactics a little bit, started playing a little bit more aggressive and that was maybe my undoing a little bit at the end."

Federer has now secured his place in the semi-finals in Melbourne for the 11th consecutive year.

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