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Jan
12

The same old Murray couldn’t get the job done even though Djokovic was only firing on 3 cylinders.

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray pushed Novak Djokovic to the limit of his powers but went down in five sets to miss out on a place in the Australian Open final. The British number one fought back from losing the first set to win the next two, and from 5-2 in the decider. But defending champion Djokovic raised his level to battle through 6-3 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 7-5 in four hours 50 minutes. The world number one, who beat Murray in the 2011 final, plays Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s showpiece at 0830 GMT. “I’m extremely delighted to be in another final,” said Djokovic, who looked exhausted when Murray led 2-1. “It was a physical match. Andy deserves credit for coming back. He was fighting, I was fighting. “It was one of the best matches I’ve played.”

Murray becomes the fist man in the Open Era to be eliminated in semi-finals at four successive Grand Slams. But he can take heart from one of the best performances of his career so far, just a few weeks into his partnership with new coach Ivan Lendl.

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