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Match Report, Pics and Video Highlights from Roger Federer's semifinal match vs Andy Murray, Australian Open, 2013

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#1 Vibhuism

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

Andy Murray in exactly 4 hours defeated Roger Federer 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 in the semi-final to set up a final clash vs Novak Djokovic.

 

 

 

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Andy Murray started as the aggressor and was able to put consistent pressure on Federer's service and broke Federer in the 3rd game. Federer's service was looking bit off today & Murray consistently was able to put pressure on Federer's service. In the first set alone, Federer had to face seven break point, while Murray's service today was in top gear.

 

 

 

That one break proved sufficient as Murray won the first set 6-4 in 45 minutes. As you will see from the first set stats, Federer's first serve % was clearly below his par & that pretty much explains why Federer had to face 7 break points in the first set

 

 

 

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

Set-2 ::

 

 

 

Roger Federer was able to serve much better in the 2nd set as compared to first set. In the 5th game of the 2nd set, Federer was able to serve his first ace & that's some thing we don't see very often. Murray too was serving exceptionally well & the set went in to the tie-breaker as neither Federer nor Murray was able to get any break point.

 

 

Thou, Murray was able to get the first mini-break, but immediately after that, lost 2 points because of two unforced errors. Murray then won a very close challenge to make it 3-4. Federer won an amazing backhand passing volley to make it 6-5. Then, Federer won the next point and the tie-breaker 7-5 as Murray netted a volley.

 

 

Here are the second set stats :::

 

 

 

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Both players won 40 points in the 2nd set and that's how, close the 2nd set was.

 


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

Set-3:::

 

 

 

The First 4 games went on serve. But, at 2-3 on Federer's service,  Federer got a bit perturbed after the chair umpire over-ruled a linesman call to call Federer's first service out. Federer missed a forehand to hand over 3 beak points to Murray but the very next point, there was a controversy as the lines woman called a Federer's shot long & then, immediately said, no. Murray challenged the call & thus, lost the point, but, that led to a very long argument with the chair umpire (that even lasted during the change over). Murray broke Federer to make it 4-2.

 

 

 

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The next three games went on serve as Murray won the set 6-3 in 36 minutes.

 

 

 

Again, Roger Federer's first serve % was only 54% and that's the biggest reason why Federer had to face 3 break points.

 

 

 

 

Here are the 3rd set stats

 

 

 

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

Set-4

 

 

 

The 4th set was the most dramatic set of the match. In the 4th game on Murray's service, Federer got three 3 break points & finally, broke Murray for the first time in the match on his 3rd break point. Federer then raced to make it 4-1 and it was looking very comfortable for Federer all of a sudden as he won 12 points out of the last 16 at that stage.

 

But, Murray broke back in the 7th game to make it 3-4. Murray then held his service to make it 4-all.

 

 

 

Federer managed to hold his service being down 0-30 to make it 5-4. Murray then held his comfortably to make it 5-all.

 

 

Murray again broke Federer in the 11th game to make it 6-5 and it looked, as if he would serve out the set on his own serve.

 

 

But, Federer managed to break back & forced the fourth set in to a tie-breaker. Federer won the tie-breaker quite comfortably 7-2 to make it 2 sets all & it looked as if Federer had the momentum leading to the 5th set.

 

 

 

 

Here are the 4th set stats and clearly, it was the longest set Federer played at Australian Open,2013 -----

 

 

 

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The set lasted 1 hour and 11 minutes. Both players broke service twice.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

Set-5 :::

 

 

 

Federer got broken in the 2nd game as Murray won his next game to make it 3-0 and from there on, Murray had all the advantage. Murray broke Federer's service again in the 8th game to win the set 6-2.

 

 

 

Here are the overall match stats :::::::::::::

 

 

 

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As you can see, Murray served much better, had lesser unforced errors, had more winners and was able to break Federer 6 times which is a very big rarity. Clearly, playing 2 back to back 5-setter matches didn't prove too easy for Federer as he lost the match in exactly 4 hours.

 

 

 

Federer after the match :::

 

 

 

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:01 PM

Here is the video of Andy Murray's post match on court interview with Jim Courier :::::::::

 

 

 


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

Here are the set-1 highlights :::::::::

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

Set-2 highlights ::::::::::::

 

 

 

 


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:08 PM

set-3 highlights

 

 

 


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

set- 4 highlights

 

 

 

 


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:10 PM

set 5 highlights :::::::::::

 

 

 

 


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:24 PM

Here is a few pics from the match Federer vs Murray at AO, 2013

 

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

Roger Federer leaves the court after losing..

 

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

Roger Federer's presser :::::::::::::::

 

 

 

 

 

Q. Did you feel it pull away from you in the first couple games of the fifth set? Was that the turning point?

 


ROGER FEDERER: In a three and a half hour match, I don't know if it's the beginning of the fifth that was key, you know.
I think overall he probably created more chances than I did. I had difficulties finding you know, getting into his service games time and time again like I, you know, usually do against him.

 


I think he started off serving well, and then, I mean, fifth set, obviously he did well. I think he played a bit more aggressive because he did create more opportunities over and over again.

 


I think he was able to dig out of the first game I think it was a 30 All game and then break me the other way around, which was obviously not the start I was hoping for because I was feeling good, obviously, after winning the fourth.

 

 

Q. You spoke earlier in the week about the good manners that exist between the players. There definitely seemed to be a bit of feeling between the two of you after 6 5 in the fourth. Can you talk about that. Was there an exchange between you?

 

 


ROGER FEDERER: I mean, it wasn't a big deal anyway. We just looked at each other one time. That's okay, I think, in a three and a half hour match. We were just checking each other out for bit.
No, I mean, that wasn't a big deal for me. I hope not for him.

 

 

 

Q. Does it feel like one that got away or one that you were always chasing?

 

 


ROGER FEDERER: Obviously I was down in the score basically from the start. Definitely it was more of a chase, you know. I was able to level it a couple of times.
Yeah, I don't know. Look, I think it was a tough match. I think I had my chances a little bit. Obviously you're going to go through a five setter with some regrets, you know.
But overall, like I mentioned, I think Andy was a bit better than I was tonight. I had to find my range a little bit early on, and then, you know, adjust my game style as well, the way I was playing.
So he did a good job, you know, of getting me there. But, you know, I was hoping to do a bit better, but overall obviously I'm pretty pleased with the tournament. I played good tennis. I'm moving well and was fit in the ten sets I played, the last two matches.
I'm upbeat about the tournament, but obviously it's disappointing, you know, going out in five. You know, it's not the first time it's happened here.

 

 

 

 

Q. Where does this leave you? Every generation goes to new levels. You have Andy and Novak at 25 hitting the ball harder. Where does this leave you now?

 

 


ROGER FEDERER: Well, nothing has changed. I've played these guys, what, 60 times, the three guys around me in the rankings. So we know each other really well. We play each other very close very often. Keep on trading wins and losses.
Novak has done probably the best job getting more wins than losses. That's why he's ranked where he is. I, you know, enjoy the matches with Rafa, Novak, and also Andy again tonight. It's nice playing five sets against him. It was tough tennis. I enjoy that.
So I go from here with a good feeling for the year. I didn't play a tournament leading in, so now obviously I know where my level is at. Also knowing I have even more time to work on my game, work on my fitness this year. It's something I'm excited about.

 

 

 

Q. Where do you think Andy's placed now in terms of Sunday night?

 


ROGER FEDERER: Obviously Novak goes in as the favorite, I would think, even though Andy beat him at the US Open.
But, I mean, maybe a day extra is going to make a difference. But it's not back to back. He has a day. He's had an easy run until the semis, until tonight. Maybe it's something that Andy needed going into the finals.
But obviously Novak is the double defending champion here. I think so at least. He's done really well again this tournament, digging himself out of the hole against Stan, coming and playing good tennis against Berdych and Ferrer.
So obviously a tough match again, and give a slight edge to Novak just because of the last couple of days.

 

 

 

Q. Do you think Andy has learned to deal with the setbacks when they come his way?

 


ROGER FEDERER: Maybe, you know. I think he's always played me pretty well over the years. He's obviously got a winning record against me. I mean, the matchup's maybe a good one for him, I'm not sure. I don't mind playing against him.
But it's normal that with time and with age you learn, you become more experienced, become physically, you know, better.
Then obviously he's put himself in that situation time and time again, you know. So obviously with the win I think at the Olympics and the US Open, maybe there's just a little bit more belief or he's a bit more calm overall.
You want to be excited, but you don't want to go overly crazy, you know, each and every point. So it seems like he has more peace when he plays out there, and in the process he has better results, I guess.

 

 

 

Q. Would you say tonight was your level being a little bit down or was it Andy's level being further up compared to other matches you played with him?

 

 


ROGER FEDERER: Well, it depends which ones you looked at. The one at the Olympic Games, this one was better. If you look at the ones I've beaten him, this one was lower. It really depends what you compare it against.
Like I mentioned, I think it was an open match for both players. We both played pretty good. I think we both at times could have played a little bit better.
Obviously it was a game of chess out there at times as well. You do neutralize each other a lot on these courts as well when you do hit it deep and hard. It's hard to take a deep cut at the ball. So I thought it was a good match.

 

 

 

Q. How much did the match against Tsonga take out of you? How were you feeling coming in?

 

 


ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, a little bit, you know. But it's not an excuse for me tonight to say that I lost because of that.
But obviously I wish I could have come in like Andy, as well. Then again, you know, he beat me fair and square tonight. No regrets from me.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

For ATP Ranking scenarios post Australian Open 2013, see this detailed post here.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:15 PM

Honestly, i feel bad, angry, sad.....Not because that Federer lost but the way he played, he made ​​a lot of errors...,  i don't know but i see that he wasn't in a good mood and wasn't concentrated, and i wanna crrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry :( ......

 

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:50 PM

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