After watching Murray’s performance Novak must be feeling very confident.

Unfortuneately for Murray there are only three great tennis players on the ATP tour, and Murray is not one of them. At the top by himself is Nadal, (when he is healthy), followed by the aging Federer and the rising Djokovic. Murray is in the pack snipping at the heels of these three elite players, along with all the other wannabees.

In the first of the two semifinals played at Melbourne Park we saw a high quality intense confrontation between two mature contestants. The serving, the ground strokes, the shot making and the point construction was displayed at its highest level. By contrast today’s match between Murray and Ferrer was at best mediocre. David Ferrer is a great competitor but the only similarity he has with Federer is in the first two letters of his name. Yet Murray had difficulty in finding a consistent way to defeat him. His game was riddled with errors, compounded by poor shot choices. He was slow off the mark and seemed to employ more energy in his facial expressions than he did in retrieving the Ferrer shots. Unless he can take a giant leap forward and produce the quality of tennis he played twelve months ago, Sunday’s final will be a very one-sided affair.

 Murray needed all his fighting spirit as he toiled to a four-set win over David Ferrer to reach a second successive Australian Open final. The Briton, seeded fifth, won 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 7-6 (7-2) to set up a final against Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Murray produced an error-strewn performance in the face of Spaniard Ferrer’s class and relentless energy. But he battled back from the brink of a two-set deficit and is now one win away from a first Grand Slam title.

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