27
Jan
11

With both Nadal and Federer gone Murray’s chance for a Slam title has never been better….but he can’t afford to look ahead!

Andy Murray will attempt to reach a second consecutive Australian Open final and close on a first major title when he faces David Ferrer on Friday. The British number one will be appearing in his fifth Grand Slam semi-final, with a repeat of last year’s final against Roger Federer the prize. Murray must first overcome the Spanish seventh seed, who accounted for top seed Rafael Nadal in the last eight. And Ferrer goes into the semi-final with a 3-2 record against Murray. However, all three Ferrer victories have come on clay and the 28-year-old has never taken a set off Murray on hard courts, with the Briton winning their last encounter 6-2 6-2 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London last November. I need to receive really good because Andy has a very good first serve. It’s very important for me return very good in the match. “He’s a great player. He’s been around a long time at the top of the game. He’s very, very consistent, in great shape, moves very well, does everything well, so it’s a very, very tough game to call.”

Murray has been in good form in Melbourne, dropping his first set of the tournament in a four-set win over Alexandr Dolgopolov in the quarter-finals, but the Scot knows that the real test starts now. And, as ever, he carries the added weight of expectation from a nation still waiting for a successor to Fred Perry, Britain’s last male Grand Slam singles champion back in 1936. “I think there’s pressure,” said the 23-year-old from Dunblane. “I’m sure the next match might be a bit different [to the quarter-final], the pressure, but I obviously want to try and reach the final and, if I get there, go on to win the tournament.


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