Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray v Roger Federer – LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray v Roger Federer – LIVE!


by Simon Rice (Online Sports...

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of this Australian Open quarter-final between Andy Murray and his old adversary, Roger Federer. In head-to-head meetings between the pair Murray leads 11-9.

     Federer wins in four sets (6-3 6-4 6-7 6-3) to set up Nadal semi-final
    • Nadal beat Dimitrov in four sets in today’s earlier quarter-final
    * denotes current server
    1/22/2014 8:38:10 AM
  • Andy Murray 1-1 Roger Federer*
    A relaxed looking Roger Federer quickly takes the first game, but Murray battles back in the second. Game on!
    1/22/2014 8:45:36 AM
  • Andy Murray 1-3 Roger Federer*
    Wait just there on the service..Murray is broken. A few sloppy shots played by Murray, and that is all Federer needed.
    1/22/2014 8:54:08 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 Roger Federer
    Apologies, because of internet problems some of our updates may not have reached you during the first set. But who doesn't have any problems at the moment is Federer, who is looking majestic in Melbourne. Taking the first set in 31 minutes. "Come on!" he shouts. He's up for this one. How is Murray going to crack the code?
    1/22/2014 9:15:36 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 1-1 Roger Federer
    Murray take the first game in rapid fashion, but that Federer backhand is beginning to dominate proceedings. He holds his serve in the second game.
    1/22/2014 9:20:43 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 2-1 Roger Federer*
    Murray keeps his service. Time for a quick drink and to contemplate the Federer conundrum. The Swiss defied logic in some of his returns in that game.
    1/22/2014 9:25:57 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 2-2 Roger Federer
    What an array of shots Federer has played so far, and from all over the court as well. Rolling back the years indeed...
    1/22/2014 9:29:56 AM
  • 1/22/2014 9:32:22 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 2-3 Roger Federer*
    And Murray is broken again. Federer imperious in Melbourne, he has an answer to everything. Sublime stuff from the Swiss. 
    1/22/2014 9:34:18 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 2-4 Roger Federer
    Finally the Federer backhand lets him down, he plays the shot wide to allow Murray to pull the game back to deuce. For the first time in this match a few chinks appear in the Federer armour, but then he aces to take the game after gaining advantage. His sixth ace of the match.
    1/22/2014 9:39:37 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 3-4 Roger Federer
    Murray smashes the ball back, Federer comes to the net, slips and still plays a fantastic return. That point has summed up the match so far, Federer sharp to everything. Murray aces to take the game, and is holding on in there.
    1/22/2014 9:43:22 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 3-5 Roger Federer*
    And Federer inches further towards taking the second set. Murray shouts to try and psyche himself up, while Federer almost emotionless. 
    1/22/2014 9:49:11 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-5 Roger Federer*
    Murray holds. He is beginning to find some rhythm in the match and had was able to answer the old Federer spin in that game.
    1/22/2014 9:54:08 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 Roger Federer
    What a game. After winning a 27-shot rally, the longest of the match, Federer takes the set after Murray goes long. The Swiss looking unstoppable so far, not a bad performance by Murray by any means, but a vintage display from the old Master.
    1/22/2014 10:00:18 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 1-0 Roger Federer*
    Murray saves three break points, but Federer charges forward to win his 21st point from the net. Murray pulls it back to gain advantage, and another unstoppable shot seeing him keep his serve. A hairy start for the Brit.
    1/22/2014 10:07:15 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 1-1 Roger Federer
    Murray can only take one point in the game as Federer seems to have all the answers, and playing such an impressive range of shots.
    1/22/2014 10:10:52 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 2-1 Roger Federer*
    Finally we see a grimace on the face of the Swiss, he powers forward again but this time he can only hit the net. Murray later saves break point and then holds his service. Can Murray do the impossible, can he grind Federer down?
    1/22/2014 10:15:08 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 2-2 Roger Federer
    A love game for Federer. Not even a glimmer of hope for Murray in that one.
    1/22/2014 10:18:53 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 3-2 Roger Federer*
    But a quick response from Murray. Absolutely crucial game coming up, how can Federer be broken?
    1/22/2014 10:23:09 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 3-3 Roger Federer
    Federer is showing no signs of letting up. A cracking volley, and it's three games all.
    1/22/2014 10:25:19 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 4-3 Roger Federer*
    Like Manchester United against Southampton all of those years ago, Murray has changed from a grey shirt mid-match to a white one. He still has not had a break point, but had no problem in that game. 
    1/22/2014 10:30:33 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 4-4 Roger Federer
    This time it's Murray who has success from the net, but Federer holds his never and sees out the game, still not offering Murray a single break point. "Come on!" Federer shouts again. Murray looks on disheartened. 
    1/22/2014 10:34:09 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 4-5 Roger Federer*
    Murray comes to the net to deftly nudge the ball over, Federer slides forward and miraculously gets there before the second bounce and lobs Murray. A shot of pure genius but Murray is questioning whether he made it in time. Murray is later broken, Federer will now serve to see out the match. Simply unstoppable.
    1/22/2014 10:38:33 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 5-5 Roger Federer
    But a fine reaction from Murray, finally he has broken Federer! He turns around, clenches his first and gets the crowd going wild. Excellent response just when the match seemed irretrievable.

    1/22/2014 10:44:23 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 6-5 Roger Federer*
    Murray has upped the pace, and quickly keeps his serve. Is this a case of too little, too late, or the start of an incredible comeback?
    1/22/2014 10:45:44 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 6-6 Roger Federer
    And it goes to a tie-break after a love-sevice hold. Here is a damning statistic, there have been eight tie-breaks between the pair in the past...and Federer has won seven of them.
    1/22/2014 10:48:56 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 6-6 (6-6) Roger Federer
    Big point from Federer  breaks Murray and takes it to 4-2 in the tie-break. He clenches his fist in celebration. But Murray battles back to 6-6, this time Federer is wide on his first match point. What a finale at the Rod Laver Arena.
    1/22/2014 10:58:34 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 (8-6) Roger Federer
    Inch perfect from Murray, what was that tie-break statistic between the pair again? Murray takes the set. Just when it looks to be all over, he plays some fantastic shots. What a fightback from Murray!
    1/22/2014 11:01:28 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 0-1 Roger Federer
    Murray misses a forehand and grimaces in pain. What a grueling contest it has been, summed up in this marathon of a game, which has lasted nearly 20 minutes. Both men take turns to lose advantage. Tiredness creeping in. Big, big game when it finally reaches an end.
    1/22/2014 11:25:05 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 1-1 Roger Federer*
    Tremendous tennis. Constantly saving break points, Murray finally seals this outstanding game after 20 minutes of action. Nearly three hours on the court now. Both players are being pushed to the limit.
    1/22/2014 11:28:51 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 1-2 Roger Federer
    But Federer pulls that game back in quick fashion. Both players moving gingerly. Another massive service game approaches for Murray...
    1/22/2014 11:32:17 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 2-2 Roger Federer*
    Murray holds his serve to see out the game. One has to wonder what that marathon second game of the third set has taken out of both players?
    1/22/2014 11:36:32 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 2-3 Roger Federer
    Another quick service response from Federer, just when Murray looks like he is beginning to dictate proceedings the Swiss pulls it out of the bag. Opportune time to break Murray looms.
    1/22/2014 11:38:23 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 3-3 Roger Federer*
    Murray's service getting stronger as the match wears on, averaging 160kph in that game. More grimacing on Murray's face though, which has been zoomed in on the big screens around the Rod Laver Arena after every point, but he keeps on fighting. This is the biggest test for his troubled back, which he had surgery on late last year.
    1/22/2014 11:46:26 AM
  • *Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 3-4 Roger Federer
    It started to look like another rapid service hold from Federer, but Murray recovered, taking it to 40-30 before Federer saw out the game. While both men are tiring, Murray also looks to be battling through the pain barrier and has lost some of his mobility.
    1/22/2014 11:52:31 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 3-5 Roger Federer*
    Three break points from Federer, but a serve of 204kph brings Murray back into the game. A battle at the net then sees Federer outfox his opponent and apply a deft flick to break. FEDERER WILL NOW SERVE FOR THE MATCH!
    1/22/2014 11:55:33 AM
  • Andy Murray 3-6 4-6 7-6 3-6 Roger Federer
    Federer tees up his serve on match point...aces...and it's all over. A truly absorbing contest between two greats of the sport. Credit to Murray for his fightback against an opponent who looked as sharp as he did eight years ago. A phenomenal range of shots, he adapted to every test and another challenge against one of his old foes, Rafael Nadal, awaits on Friday. 
    1/22/2014 12:01:55 PM
  • That completes our coverage, so CLICK HERE to read Paul Newman's report, straight from the Rod Laver Arena.
    1/22/2014 12:26:49 PM
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