Australian Open Tennis 2014: Federer ready for Nadal clash
Roger Federer is anticipating a brutal Australian Open Tennis 2014 semi-final against Rafael Nadal on Friday after seeing off Andy Murray in four sets.
The 32-year-old Swiss star, who is 12/5 to win his 18th Grand Slam title in Melbourne this month, seemed to be back to his best as he beat Murray 6-3 6-4 6-7 6-4.
Federer appeared to be on course for a straightforward victory when he won the first two sets in comfortable fashion but Murray showed great resolve to save two match points in the third set before eventually taking it on a tie-break.
Federer regrouped and had several chances to break a tiring Murray in the fourth set before he eventually broke him in the eighth game. The number six seed held his nerve to serve out the match and clinch his place in the semi-finals.
I’m looking forward to playing Rafael Nadal now. It’s going to be tough and brutal.
Federer said after his victory: “Clearly it was tough losing that third set but I am happy I’ve come through to get the win. I am one of the guys who misses more break point opportunities than most so I’m used to it. But I try to keep my composure and keep my poker face and it worked tonight.
“My confidence is much higher than it was last year. I have confidence in my movement and last year is wasn’t quite right. I’m happy that the last four months have paid off and it’s amazing to be in another semi-final.
“I’m looking forward to playing Rafael Nadal now. It’s going to be tough and brutal. I’ve got a day off but he’s had an amazing comeback in the last year after seven months off.”
Nadal did not have it all his way in his quarter-final clash and had to hit back from a set down before eventually beating Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 7-6 7-6 6-2.
Nadal is 5/1 to beat Federer in five sets and 9/4 to win in three.
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