Australian Open: Majestic Federer beats Murray, faces Nadal in semis

Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava

Melbourne: The crowd at the Rod Laver Arena got entertainment worth their money, when 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer defeated Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 in the fourth quarter-final of men`s singles at Australian Open 2014 on Wednesday.

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The Swiss dominated right throughout the match and he could have won it much before when he failed to capitalise on two match points in the third set tiebreaker, which was won by Murray, who showed some aggression to bounce back. Murray won six out of seven points in the tiebreaker and forced Federer into a fourth set.

But the Swiss once again took control in the fourth set, where he broke Murray`s serve in the penultimate game of the set, and converted his third match point with an ace.

The tennis fans are on cloud nine at the moment as Federer would face Nadal next in the semi-final. Tennis is at its best when these two legends – who have a renowned rivalry, lock horns with each other.

Earlier in the day, top-ranked Rafael Nadal had to sweat it out against Grigor Dimitrov, before the latter was kncoked out 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-2.