(Semi) finally

Andy Murray has made it into the semi finals of the Australian Open after a tough four-set win against Ukrainian Alexander Dolgopolov.

Murray won 7-5 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-3, in a match in which the Scot rarely got to grips with Dolgopolov’s unique style of play. However, the Ukrainian had already beaten Robin Soderling in the previous round – the biggest shock of the men’s tournament so far – and Murray had already said that he expected a tricky match. In any case Murray will have to pick his game up if he is to win the tournament: his next opponent will most likely be Rafael Nadal, with either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic in the final.

‘It was very tough,’ Murray said afterwards. ‘Every point against him is different, he hits the ball differently to everyone else, it's tough to explain.

‘I struggled with my rhythm early on and he came back in the third set but I thought I did well enough. I had to go for my shots a little bit more in the fourth set, I was a little bit tense in the tie-breaker and served a double-fault and missed a couple of easy forehands.

‘I got off to a good start (in the fourth set) and that settled me down, but it was a very tough match and a very tough one to get my rhythm in.’

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