Murray Tries To Break Slam Duck Vs Federer

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Andy Murray is looking for his first Australian Open title. Image courtesy of Images
The last two times Andy Murray has taken on Roger Federer in a Grand Slam, the Scot has been left in tears; once here in Melbourne Park in the 2010 Australian Open final, and more memorably, last year’s Wimbledon decider when Murray had the weight of a nation on his shoulders.

There is no reason why the number three seed can’t topple the Swiss master for the first time in a major when they clash on Friday night. While Murray’s camp has made much of the fact Federer has played the majority of his matches in the cool of the night, the former has tucked away all five of his opponents in straight sets , and has spent far less time on court than his opponent who needed five sets to put to bed his quarter-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Murray hasn’t even been taken to a tie-break in the tournament so far, in stark contrast to Federer who, at times, has struggled to break the serve of both Tsonga and Milos Raonic. The second seed needed a brace of tie-breaks to beat Tsonga and needed one in each of his straight-set wins over Raonic and Bernard Tomic. He has converted just 19 of 66 break points so far, whereas Murray has been far more efficient in making good on 35 of 60 opportunities.

Murray leads the head-to-head 10-9, and it is 9-8 on hardcourt. Considering the closeness of their rivalry, you would probably expect some tight contests, but that Australian Open final in 2010 started a streak where eight of their next nine encounters were decided in straight sets. The only match that didn’t happen was in the Wimbledon final last year, and in that match there was a rain delay and the roof had to be closed.

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