Andy Murray upset a lot of people tonight in Melbourne. Hoards of middle age women had come to see their hero put that pesky Scot in his place. It didn’t happen though.
Although the match would go 5 sets, Andy Murray dominated throughout an actually quite one-sided match to beat Roger Federer 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 in 4 hours exactly.
Murray though really should have been of the court much earlier, he should never have lost the 4th set and he should not have lost the second set set the way he did when he made a careless error at 5-5 in the tie break, The two tie-breaks were the only moments of the match where Murray looked the lesser of the players.
18 months ago we may have seen a different result here tonight, twice Murray was up by a set and on both occasions Murray really through away the chance to finish the next set off. In the second set tie break he gifted Federer the point at 5-5 by not putting away an easy volley. Then when serving for the second set he missed to many routine shots including the forehand on break point, a shot he had made all game until that point.
The mark of how far Murray has come though is that despite those setback few people watching on where in doubt that Murray would still go on to win that match and he duly did.
Murray now marches on in the pursuit of history – No player has ever followed up his first grand slam win with victory in the very next grand slam. Federer lost in the 4th round of US Open to David Nalbandian after his first grand slam, Nadal did even worse, losing to Gilles Muller in the second round of Wimbledon and Djokovic had done the best so far making it to the semi finals of the French Open losing to Rafael Nadal. Murray has made the final can he make history.