Australian Open - Federer ends Murray dream in Australia

Eurosport - Sun, 31 Jan 11:27:00 2010

World number one Roger Federer became just the fifth man in history to win four Australian Opens when he beat fifth seed Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 7-6(11).

Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses the champion's trophy after defeating Britain's Andy Murray in the men's singles final of the Australian Open - 0

Federer, who is also the first father to win a Grand Slam since Andre Agassi won in Melbourne in 2003, joins Roy Emerson, Agassi, Jack Crawford and Ken Rosewall in lifting the Norman Brookes Trophy four times.

The win in Melbourne also means Federer has increased his Grand Slam record to 16 titles.

Murray had been attempting to become the first British man to triumph in a Grand Slam since Fred Perry in 1936, but in a repeat of the 2008 US Open final, he was once again out-played by Federer.

Going into the match, Murray had dropped just one set, to Croatian 14th seed Marin Cilic in the semi-finals, but Federer dismantled Murray in the first two sets before coming from 5-2 down to force a third set tie-break.

Despite pressure from Murray, the world number one finally sealed the win in two hours and 41 minutes when the Brit slapped a backhand into the net.

Federer was quick to pounce on a nervous start from Murray, breaking in just the second game with a blistering forehand winner straight down the line.

The Brit was quick to bounce back, breaking back in the very next game with a whipped forehand passing shot, before trading service holds with the top seed.

But Federer broke again into the eighth game with another forehand winner, this time firing the ball inside out across court, before easing through the service hold that sealed the first set after 43 minutes.

The early stages of the second set followed much the same pattern, with Federer breaking for the lead in the third game; battering consecutive forehand winners over the net before sealing it when Murray hit into the net off the backhand wing.

The Scot battled well not to concede a second break of serve, saving multiple break points in his next two service games, but Federer had already done enough and brought up three set points with his seventh ace of the match before sealing it with a forehand volley winner on the second.

Murray upped his level considerably in the third set, earning himself a break point in just the second game of the set, before eventually breaking in the fifth with a whipped forehand passing shot winner across court.

But Federer broke back when it really counted, when Murray was serving for the set at 5-3, drilling a forehand return of serve winner across court and on to the line before sealing it when Murray dumped a backhand into the net.

The players then traded service holds before Federer held once again, with an ace out wide, to force the decisive tie-break.

The 22-year-old Scot raced out to a 3-1 lead and looked to be heading towards a fourth set and even held five set points in a topsy turvy breaker.

But Federer withstood all the pressure, including squandering his first two championship points, and eventually sealed the win on his third attempt when Murray's backhand down the line caught the top of the tape and failed to go over.

Pippa Davis / Eurosport

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