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Australian Open 2011 Update: Murray to meet Djokovic in the Final

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Source: australianopen.com

Djokovic had sealed his place in the Australian Open 2011 final, by beating the defending champion Roger Federer yesterday. It was time now to decide Djokovic’s opponent for the Sunday final as Andy Murray (5) faced Nadal’s conqueror David Ferrer (7) in the second semifinal. It was expected to be a grueling match and it was exactly that as 2 determined players matched each other shot for shot in a physical, draining match which lasted 3 hours and 46 minutes. Eventually, it was Andy Murray who came out on top as he won 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, 7-6 to reach his 3rd Grand Slam final and his second successive Australian Open Final.

The statistics for the match clearly show who the aggressor between Murray and Ferrer was. Murray hit 63 unforced errors and 60 winners, while Ferrer’s count was 34 and 34 respectively. So, it was Murray who went for broke and took the risks as Ferrer played solid, percentage tennis. In the end, there was nothing much to choose between them and the match was a tight, tense affair.

Murray was excited after the win and said the following:

“He’s an unbelievable athlete, he works so hard, he’s in great shape, he’s such a tough player to play against,” The conditions are very different in the evenings than during the day, he was dictating all the points at the start. The second set I started to go for my shots a bit more and it paid off. Grand Slam semifinal, there’s always going to be some nerves, and that was the case today.”

“I was so focused, I wasn’t thinking that much, and that probably helped me out a little bit. I think everyone has problems at this stage in the tournament, both of us did a lot of running tonight, it was a pretty physical match. I’m going to jump in the ice bath and try and recover properly.”

On his prospects facing Djokovic in the final, Murray said:

“The first Slam final I played against Federer I didn’t know what was going on, it went by really really quick last year was better, and I hope this one is going to be better than last year’s. Novak’s had a great tournament, it’s going to be a tough match. We’re good friends, we practiced a lot in Perth, and here, it’s going to be a brutal match I think. I’ve had great support back home and great atmosphere here again tonight.”

Hence, the final of the first Grand Slam final of the year will feature 2 young men, who have thus far been overshadowed in their careers by the dominance of Federer and Nadal. It is a rarity to not have Federer or Nadal in a Grand Slam final. It happened last in 2008 Australian Open only, when Djokovic won his first and only Grand Slam, beating Tsonga in the final. 3 years hence, Djokovic has the chance to add another Australian Open title to his kitty. But, make no mistake, Andy Murray would be giving more than 100% in his quest to win his first Grand Slam title, after being on the losing side in previous 2 attempts, one at 2008 US Open and other last year at Australian Open itself. Both times, Murray’s nemesis was Roger Federer. This time, he will face the man who beat Federer in the semis. Really, what an interesting turn of events!  It is surely going to be one blockbuster of a final between 2 men, who are desperate to win and write their names in the history books.

Before their final though, the Women’s Singles Final between Li Na and Clijsters would take place on Saturday evening, followed by the Men’s Doubles final between Paes-Bhupathi and Bryan brothers, which is eagerly anticipated by the Indian fans. So, there is plenty to look forward to in the last 2 days of the Australian Open 2011. Do not miss the action…

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