Fed falls to Murray in five sets down under

3 Andy Murray has beaten Roger Federer for the first time in a Grand Slam.  Even though Murray held a slight edge in their over all match ups coming into the Australian Open semifinal match, Federer was 3 – 0 against Andy in Grand Slams.  No longer as Murray prevailed in a tough five set win that lasted four hours.  Andy had sailed through his matches in the tournament, not really being tested (Del Potro getting knocked out by Chardy helped) and Federer had looked terrific but did face a tough three and a half match in the quarters with Tsonga (5 sets).  This match went the distance as well and for me, it did not go the right way.  I am sad but will watch the replay to see just how it all went down.  Reading about it is one thing, watching is another.  I had hoped for a Federer-Djokovic final but it will in fact be Djokovic vs. Murray for the Australian Championship.  There are those in the media who are calling this match up the new great rivalry in tennis.  This of course factors in Nadal’s absence and questions about his status once he returns next month.  It is a great rivalry, these two came up through the ranks together and are the “same age”.  The old guy, Mr. Federer is 31 and will turn 32 later this year.  Don’t count him out of these next majors.  Congrats to Andy.  Should be a great final with Djokovic.  As a loyal and devoted Fed fanatic, I say look for Roger to be right back in it come Wimbledon and the US Open.  There are of course some Masters Tournaments in between the Slams that all of the big four will be competing in as well.

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