Murray Through to the 2011 Australian Open Final

Australian Open Tennis 2011It was a long way short of a vintage Andy Murray performance and needed all his fighting spirit, but Murray eventually secured a 4 set win over David Ferrer to reach his second successive Australian Open final.

The Scot won 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 7-6 (7-2) to set up a final against Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

A combination of nerves and Ferrer’s endless energy, caused him numerous problems and Murray seemed plagued with unforced errors throughout the match. In the end it was the absence of a big weapon in Ferrer’s arsenal that seen the Spaniard eventually lose the tie.

At one point in the match Murray had been on the brink of a two-set deficit as Ferrer claimed a set point on the Murray serve at 4-5 in the second set. He battled back from there though in convincing fashion as he served out the next three points to win the game, then force the tie break, which he dominated, leading 6-0 at one point before eventually securing 7-2.

Murray continued that form into the third set, with 2 breaks of serve he eased to victory in the set and the fire in Ferrer looked like it was out as Murray took an early break in the fourth set to lead 2-0, he then had a chance to add a second break of serve, but with his first winner of the 4th set Ferrer save the point.

Murray had been up a break in both 1st and 2nd sets only for Ferrer to break back immediately and why should the 4th be any different, the match would have been boring if Murray had not allowed the Spaniard back in to the match and he dually did as he handed the break back to Ferrer.

The set then continued on serve and it would be decided on a tie break. Murray’s tie break recorder in big matches is not great, but tonight (or this morning for you Brits) Murray’s tie breaks were flawless. He raced into 6-1 lead and although the first match point was saved on the next point a drop shot from Murray would give him the chance of an easy volley winner, which he made no mistakes with to make it through to his third grand slam final.

With no Federer to face, Murray has a chance to wipe his grand slam final slate clean, as yet he has failed to perform in the last two, but on Sunday he will face Novak Djokovic, a player of similar age, similar experience and someone he knows a very well. In his own words this match will be brutal!

Don’t miss the final on Sunday!

Murray Ferrer Preview

Andy Murray must be getting used to playing grand slam semi finals by now, this will be the Scot’s 5th semi final and has a perfect 50 / 50 record having won 2 and lost 2. For David Ferrer though this will be only the Spaniard’s second grand slam semi and although 4 years the senior of Murray will go into the match as the major underdog.

With the exit of both Federer and Nadal the expectation and all the pressure that comes with that will now begin to hit Andy Murray which may well play into the hands of David Ferrer, with nothing to lose and very few expecting him to win he can go out and play freely, whilst all worlds eyes will be on Murray, expecting the Scot to win.

For Ferrer, beating Andy Murray should come easily, the 27 year Spaniard has won 3 of the 5 encounters (matches details below), but with one big caveat, all his wins against the Scot have been on Clay. Meanwhile the two times they have met on hard courts, it’s been Murray who has come out on top.

The bookmakers only see one winner tomorrow , that being said the bookmakers only seen one winner when Ferrer took to court against Nadal in the last round. If your thinking of placing a bet on tomorrows match here is the latest odds.

Player Andy Murray David Ferrer
Traditional Odds Decimal Odds Traditional Odds Decimal Odds
Betfair 29/100 1.29 7/2 4.5
Blue Sq 29/100 1.29 5/2 3.5
William Hill 29/100 1.29 5/2 3.5
Coral 7/25 1.28 11/4 3.75
Bet 365 1/4 1.25 333/100 4.33
Victor Chandler 1/4 1.25 3/1 4
Sky Bet 11/50 1.22 333/100 4.33
Paddy Power 11/50 1.22 13/4 4.25
betfred 11/50 1.22 3/1 4
Stan James 11/50 1.22 3/1 4
Sporting Bet 1/5 1.2 3/1 4

The last time these two met was just a few months ago at the ATP tour finals in London, where Murray destroyed Ferrer, losing just 4 games, hence the expectation for a Murray win!

Previous Matches
Year Event Surface Round Winner Score
2010 ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Murray 6-2, 6-2
2010 Masters 1000 Madrid Clay Q Ferrer 7-5, 6-3
2010 Masters 1000 Rome Clay R16 Ferrer 6-3, 6-4
2006 Masters Series Canada Hard R64 Murray 6-2, 7-6(6)
2006 Barcelona Clay R32 Ferrer 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-1