World #2 Andy Murray managed to finish off Milos Raonic in five epic sets in their semi-final match at the Australian Open on Friday. Britain’s tennis star took four hours to beat Raonic, who kept up with Murray throughout the contest until the final set. The Canadian looked very fatigued and suffering from a leg injury. A medical timeout was called at the start of the fifth set.
The scores were 4-6 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2.
Murray admitted that the third set was particularly frustrating as Raonic was in his element, playing big serve after big serve since the start of the match, the Guardian reports. Late in the game, a visibly exhausted Raonic could do little to snatch a win from the Briton.
“He definitely slowed down in the fifth set, which was unfortunate for him,” Murray said on Raonic’s injury. “It would have been nice to have played a more competitive fifth set.
“Over the match, I got a better read on his serve and that was crucial.”
The victory ensures Murray’s fifth appearance at the Australian Open finals. According to BBC, the win is also a huge milestone for the British tennis sensation. Murray and his older sibling Jamie are the first brothers in the Open era to appear in the finals in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles events at a Grand Slam.
Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic
In less than 36 hours, Murray will face off world #1 Novak Djokovic, who was in very impressive form in beating fellow tennis legend Roger Federer the night before. Djokovic finished Federer in four sets.
While Djokovic is well rested compared to Murray, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash said that Murray did not over exert himself in the semi-final game.
“This match won’t have taken an awful lot out of Andy Murray – the rallies weren’t that long,” Cash analyzed.
Against Djokovic, Andy Murray says people are writing him off but that will not affect come game time.
“I don’t think many people are expecting me to win on Sunday. I just have to believe in myself.”