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Federer aware of Murray threat

Posted 01-24-2013 at 02:43 PM by Philip Oliver
Former world number one Roger Federer has booked his place in the semi-finals of the Australian Open and knows he will be in for a battle when he takes on Andy Murray on Friday.

The Swiss star was made to work hard for his 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 victory over the powerful Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their quarter-final encounter of the first Grand Slam of the year.

It was a game Federer admitted could “have gone either way” against Tsonga but nonetheless the 31-year-old showed his experience to come through the quarters on Wednesday.

Now Federer has a couple of days to recover before taking on Murray, who made light work of Jeremy Chardy in his last outing, winning in straight-sets 6-4 6-1 6-2.

The British number one has not dropped a set in the Australian Open so far and therefore is slender favourite in Betfair Tennis markets. He will provide Federer with his toughest test of the Melbourne competition so far.

Having battled past Tsonga in the quarters, Federer knows he will have to be at his best if he is to beat the Scot at the Rod Laver Arena.

He said: "I've got to recover a little but I'm going to be fine - I'm young, I recover quick.

"I'm looking forward to the match. It's going to be tough. He had a great year last year, winning his first Grand Slam and Olympic gold. He is a great guy and a great player."

Murray managed to beat Federer in the final of the men’s singles event at the Olympic Games to claim gold last year and the British hope will be looking for a similar result with either Novak Djokovic or David Ferrer waiting in the final.
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