Murray ousts Federer to reach final
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:23
The first four games went with serve until Murray made the breakthrough in the fifth, which proved to be enough for the world number four to take the set.
And the 21-year-old saw the match out in style and will now face either world number one Rafael Nadal or American Andy Roddick in Sunday’s final.
Federer cut a forlorn figure at the end of the first set but stepped up his returns and his formidable forehand in the second.
Aided by a double fault, the Swiss responded by breaking the Scot’s serve in the opening game of the second set.
Murray clawed his way back by breaking Federer to level matters at 2-2 but the former Wimbledon champion again assumed the advantage with another break in the seventh to go 4-3 up.
The 27-year-old saw out the remainder of the set with relative comfort to ensure the match would go the distance.
Murray let out a shriek of pain when he fell awkwardly midway through the fourth game of the third set but picked himself up and, following a couple of unforced errors from Federer, broke the world number two’s serve to establish a 3-1 cushion.
And from there the Briton did not look back, breaking the Federer serve again and then – on his fourth match point – completing victory to improve his record against his rival to six wins in eight meetings.