Roger Federer re-illuminated his paramount over Andy Murray in the matches of Grand Slam and proceeded to his consecutive 11th semi final Australian Open with a majestic win of 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 on Wednesday.
Federer embraced it on his third match to set up a showdown with the leading Rafael Nadal who defeated Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-2.
Two of the foremost men contenders survived on the day when Victoria Azarenka; two-time defending champion was defeated by Agnieska Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 in the women’s quarterfinals. Definitely, Federer and Nadal had tough and nervous time.
Murray who had saved two points in the third set of tiebreaker already has a lead over Federer of 11-10 and had won their last match in five sets last year in the Australian Open semifinals and Federer has won four matches out of five in majors.
The Wimbledon Champion had got furious while he dropped the late serve in the third set of the match when he depicted that he had thought the ball had already bounced twice before Federer had kept it in play. It ignited his rise in the play which broke Federer when the 17-time winner served for the match and then pushed it to forth when he clinched the last six points in the tiebreaker match.
After being away from the circuit for three months because of a minor back surgery, Murray appeared to be a little uncomfortable at times in the match, especially clutching his lower back.
After Federer gained victory in the opening game of the fourth set, both of them played a 10-deuce game in which Murray apparently saved six break points before he became even with Federer. But in the eighth game, Federer finally broke Murray and kept holding the serve to win the match within 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Federer admitted that he was probably one of the players who misses more break point opportunities but is always positive and gives himself another chance.