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Federer ends Murray's hopes at Australian Open

January 22, 2014 13:00 pm

Four-time champion Roger Federer ended Andy Murray's hopes at the Australian Open with a dramatic quarter-final victory.

Murray, in only his second tournament back since injury, went two sets down but rallied to break Federer when he was serving for the match.

He also saved two break points in a tie-break before taking the encounter to the fourth set, which Federer wrapped up to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in three hours and 20 minutes.

Federer will now face Rafael Nadal in a mouth-watering semi-final while Tomas Berdych takes on Stanislas Wawrinka to complete the final four.

"I was proud of the way I fought," said Murray, a three-time beaten finalist in Melbourne.

"I changed my tactics a little bit, started playing a little bit more aggressive, and that was maybe my undoing a little bit at the end, because I really started going for my shots to get myself back into the match.

"Then when I got broken in that fourth set, I went for three balls. Maybe one or two of them weren't there to be hit."

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