Murray's chance of a lifetime

Andy Murray has made his way to the final of the Australian Open, after coming from behind to beat Croatian Martin Cilic in a thrilling semi-final at the Rod Laver Arena. The Scot won 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to book his place in the final, where he will either face World Number One Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Cilic had walloped Murray in straight sets at last year’s US Open, and despite having a 3-1 head-to-head lead, he knew it wasn’t going to be easy. However, after a disappointing first set, the first he has dropped all tournament, Murray raced back to crush Cilic with a series of well-placed passing shots and powerful service games to emerge victorious.

‘Marin showed incredible guts, he had played three five-setters here,’ said Murray afterwards. ‘He made it so tough for me and he was so clearly tired after his hard week. After losing the first set I just went for my shots.

‘If Federer gets through, I would love to beat him in a grand slam final. It's important against both of them to play a solid match; you have to maintain your level, hitting the ball to a good length, not leaving it short.

‘I will practise a little bit more tomorrow, two hours or so, maybe half an hour on Saturday. Last time I played three consecutive days up to the final.’

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