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Andy Murray v Ferrer at Australian Open as it happened

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By Chris Bevan

1258: And this is where I have to say goodbye. I hope you enjoyed today's topsy-turvy battle, and expect something just as thrilling from Murray and Djoko on Sunday. In the meantime, don't forget to join us for the women's final between Li Na and Kim Clijsters on Sunday. That one starts at around 0830 GMT too. Enjoy, thanks for all your banter and see you very soon.

One last word from Andy Murray, who didn't even realise he had saved a set-point at 4-5 in the second set against David Ferrer: "I actually thought it was 4-3 - just before the umpire called it 5-5. It happens occasionally. I was so focused and wrapped up - it probably helped me out and I hope it doesn't happen again."

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davidpwright on Twitter: "Bring on Sunday Morning - Good Luck Andy. Should be a great game - both players in great shape."

1249: Brutal? Sounds like fun. My advice is DON'T miss it.

Andy Murray on playing friend and training partner Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Australian Open final: "It will be tough. Djokovic is a great opponent. Experience-wise we are similar and he won a Grand Slam a few years ago. We're good friends and we trained a lot together. There won't be any secrets between us but it will be a brutal match."

1245: Good news. If you want to watch Andy Murray take on Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final on Sunday, you can do it on BBC One, the red button and this website (in the UK) from 0815 GMT. We will be with you from around 0730 to take you through all the build-up so don't even think about having a lie-in.

Andy Murray on his hard-fought win over David Ferrer to reach the Australian Open final: "I had to dig deep and it was always going to be that way against David. He made me do a lot of running and play a lot of long points so it was a really tough match. I had to change my tactics because they weren't working, I had to be more aggressive, step in and go for more winners. I switched to Plan B and luckily it worked."

From Matt in Blackburn, via text: "Great performance from Murray today, came through a tough test. His best chance yet, favoured surface, a long way from home pressures, no Federer or Nadal. Commeth the hour, commeth the man. Let that man be Andy Murray."

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JaySeaPea on Twitter: "Strewth - he put us through the wringer there. Well done Andy. At least I know what I'll be doing on Sunday now."

1232: Phew. That was a tense one, wasn't it folks? Never in doubt, though, eh? It means Andy Murray is through to his second successive Australian Open final, and he will play Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

It's good news for a Briton
It's good news for a Briton
MURRAY WINS TO REACH THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL


Murray beats Ferrer 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 7-6 (7-2) Ferrer
He's done it! Another big serve gives Murray five match-points, and he seals it on the second one, coming into the net to put away the winner.


Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 6-6 (5-1) Ferrer
Murray steps it up at the perfect moment and, again, he is in control at the changeover. He forces a mistake from Ferrer and then successfully attacks his second serve before blasting down an ace. The Scot is just two points away from the Australian Open final.


Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 6-6 (2-1) *Ferrer
A correct challenge on a ball called long by Murray gets him a replay of the first point and he follows a forehand in to win it. A 125mph ace is just the ticket for Murray on the next point but then it is Ferrer's turn to correctly challenge a call when he sends a forehand on to the line. The Spaniard also wins the replayed point, thanks to a brilliant forehand. Back on serve in this tie-break.


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caponeil on Twitter: "Can see this going to a 5th set. If it does, will Murray match the pitbull-esque fight in Ferrer? Murray should finish it!!"

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 6-6 Ferrer
A couple of rasping forehands by Murray get him off to the perfect start and an ill-advised attempt by Ferrer to play a backhand from behind his back takes him to 40-0. A third double-fault of the day and a long forehand by Murray give Ferrer hope but he puts his next shot into the net and it is tie-break time again. I'm pretty sure most Murray fans would settle for a repeat of the last one....


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jskwatson on Twitter: "Muzza please start playing. Keep calm and carry on. Final here we come."

*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 5-6 Ferrer
We may be deep into a gruelling semi-final but Murray is still able to produce a shot that makes me gasp - running around a Ferrer lob to flick a wonderful backhand down the line that the Spaniard cannot get back. It almost gets better for the Scot, who is in control of a rally at deuce but is let down by a wayward forehand when he should really have gone to break-point. Chance gone.

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 5-5 *Ferrer
Murray thinks about challenging a serve that has been called out but the umpire doesn't exactly encourage him, saying "Andy, that call was 100% correct". Fortunately, it doesn't matter too much. Ferrer, like Michael Chang in the late 80s and 90s, is king of making opponents play an extra shot just by running everything down, and he is still doing exactly that three-and-a-half hours into this match. Murray, who is working extremely hard too, holds him off to, erm, hold.

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From James in Sheffield, via text: "I thought the boss had caught me watching the tennis. Only for him to ask what the score was. Phew!"

*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 4-5 Ferrer
Fair play to the Scot, he has a good go at the Ferrer serve but does not get his reward. At 30-all, Ferrer's future is in the balance but he comes into the net to hit a couple of clever volleys that proves decisive. Murray gets them both back but only offers up put-aways for the Spaniard. He will serve to stay in the fourth set next.

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 4-4 *Ferrer
At 30-all, Murray is wobbling again but, as has happened so often today, he finds a big serve when he needs it most. The pressure switches back to Ferrer, who cannot afford a bad service game now.


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RichardHouseCH on Twitter: "Turn it up a gear Murray. Keep the pressure on and concentrate!"

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rosswood82 on Twitter: "Hopefully just a blip in this 4th set, get it together Murray and focus."

*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 3-4 Ferrer
Murray is also replicating his form from earlier - sadly that was when he was at his most frustratingly inconsistent. This time he has Ferrer on the run but then gifts him the point with a dismal attempt at a drop-volley, and the Spaniard goes on to hold to love. As John Lloyd on BBC Two says, "Ferrer was in trouble but he has upped his game and he's right back in it again. All credit to him."


Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 3-3 *Ferrer
What Murray needs now is a straightforward service game but he doesn't get it - let's face it, nothing comes easy against Ferrer does it? A couple of booming serves and a glorious forehand winner down the line do the trick for Murray but, as in the first two sets, Ferrer is making him work hard for everything.


*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 2-3 Ferrer
"Focus. FOCUS!" yells Murray as he tries to pick apart the Ferrer serve again. He gets a bit of joy too but, at 30-all, he needlessly sends a backhand return long and looks like he wants to break his racquet in half. He settles for shouting "RUBBISH!" and a few other words that I'm not allowed to use. Ferrer goes on to hold.


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Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 2-2 *Ferrer
What the? Just as we thought Murray had turned the corner, he manages to reverse back into into trouble at double-quick speed. The error-strewn Murray from earlier is back with a vengeance and Ferrer does not need much of an invite to break back to love. We are back on serve in the fourth set. Sloppy. "The intensity level just dropped a fraction by Murray, and that allowed Ferrer back in," says John Lloyd on BBC Two.


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wardy336 on Twitter: "Why didn't Murray start like this? He's in cruise control!

*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 2-1 Ferrer
It almost gets even better for Murray, who has a point for the double-break. Ferrer responds by upping the volume, and hits his first winner of the fourth set to hold after managing to move Murray around the court for once. The Spaniard is scrapping for his life now. "Ferrer is still fighting but mentally he has broken down," says John Lloyd on BBC Two. "Murray needs to keep focused, though, because his opponent will not go away."

Tim Henman on BBC Two: "At the beginning of the third set, I was concerned Murray was looking the more tired player but he had a fantastic set. He has regained the momentum and you'd hope he'd kick on. You know Ferrer will keep on fighting and you don't want to give him any chances to level back. Murray's used his slice and brought Ferrer forward and he's also produced some big serves at the right time to get him out of trouble. He's also maintained his aggression and he's really started to dictate. The key is to carry on in the same way and there's no reason why he can't finish this in four sets. It's a good position but there is still some hard work ahead."

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 2-0 *Ferrer
No problems on the Murray serve either. He moves 40-0 up, meaning he has now won the last 10 points. This match is like a runaway train for Ferrer now - one that is fast disappearing into the distance. He does stop the rot with one decent return, but that is as good as it gets for him here.

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*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 1-0 Ferrer
A wonderful winner on the run from Murray leaves Ferrer shaking his head and the Spaniard seems to have lost his way. Badly. Andy breaks, to love, and he is in command of this match now.


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SteveCran on Twitter: "Don't know how, but Murray's in control! Time for the pendulum to swing the other way again no doubt!"

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buddario on Twitter: "Now that Andy has manged to get a set in front lets hope he can keep his nerve and close the match out quickly!"

THIRD SET


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Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 *Ferrer
So that's the third set done and dusted? Yes, but only after one heck of a fight from Ferrer - who just never gives up. Murray has two set-points at 40-15 but the Spaniard digs in and saves them both before going on the attack with some fierce and accurate groundstrokes and forcing FIVE break-back points of his own. Murray saves the first and fourth with a big serve, the second with a delicate drop volley, while number three and five come and go when Ferrer's returns go long and then into the net. Finally, Murray gets another chance to finish the job and Ferrer's willingness to chase lost causes cannot save him this time.

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*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 5-1 Ferrer
Suddenly the Scot can do no wrong, and those groundstrokes that seemed to always find the net earlier on are now finding their mark in the corners of Ferrer's court. Murray moves 0-30 up and it takes a supreme effort from the Spaniard to try and stop him. Ferrer cannot sustain it, however, and at deuce a sloppy backhand into the net leaves him in trouble again. Cue a moment of magic by Murray, who produces a sublime top-spin lob that arcs over Ferrer and inside the baseline. That's the double-break in the bag and he will serve for the third set next.


Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 4-1 *Ferrer
No mistakes from Murray here, though, and he has breathing space for the first time. He has landed 78% of his first serves during this set and holds with ease when he needs it the most. Another break would be nice, too. Or is that asking too much?

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samyooell on Twitter: "Murray needs to make this break count. Too often a Murray break has been followed by a Ferrer one."


Every time, I think...

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*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 3-1 Ferrer
Ferrer's turn to feel the heat on serve at 0-30, thanks to a couple of guided missiles from the Murray forehand down the line. Murray produces the same shot again to earn three break points and, after seeing the first one come and go, he attacks again. This time, Ferrer cannot live with the pace of his return. Murray gets the early breakthrough in the third set - can he consolidate it this time?

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MarkRobMatthews on Twitter: "This is tense stuff. I'm tense just watching... goodness knows what it must be like to play in. Anyone else very, very tense?"

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 2-1 *Ferrer
No sooner is he back in this match than Murray almost finds himself on the backfoot again. His first double-fault of the match is followed by his fourth ace, before a big Ferrer return gives him a sniff of a break at 15-30. Murray has to scamper backwards to put away an awkward overhead in the next point but is left jabbing at his racquet when he puts a backhand into the next at 30-all. Ferrrer gets nowhere near a big winner down the line at break-point but soon has another one thanks to a superb backhand return. Fortunately for Murray, his first serve comes to his rescue again. "Hard work but an excellent hold," says John Lloyd on BBC Two. "You cannot fault his serving at the moment."


*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 1-1 Ferrer
There haven't been many holds to love in this match so far but Ferrer pulls one out of the bag here. Strong serving from the Spaniard, who has quickly put that nightmare tie-break behind him.

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 1-0 *Ferrer
Murray has to put up with interruptions from a noisy fan and then a full-on seagull fight as he looks to hold at the start of the third set. It's the birds I am most worried about because there are a flock of them above the Rod Laver Arena, just waiting to attack - and it could be one of the players next. At 30-all, it appears those pesky gulls might have gotten inside Murray's mind too but he produces a thunderous serve to steady his nerves and forces an error from the Ferrer backhand to hold.

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jbstans on Twitter: "Andy seems to be slowly winding himself up... Level pegging at last!"

SECOND SET


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Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-2) Ferrer
Murray sees a lob land wide and a forehand fly out but he does not have to wait long to level things up at one-set all, when Ferrer sees a backhand land in the tramlines. We have been playing for two hours now, and this match is back in the balance.


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Murray 4-6 6-6 (6-0) Ferrer
Ferrer chooses the tie-break to play his worst tennis of the day so far, throwing in an ill-judged drop-shot and some wild groundstrokes. Murray is just one point away from the second set at the changeover.

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may_be_random on Twitter: "Tie breaks make me nervous."


Me too...

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Murray 4-6 6-6 Ferrer
Surely Murray will serve this set out? Surely? No. At 30-15, Ferrer produces a superb forehand winner on the run, then explodes another sizzler from the same wing to set up an overhead that brings him a break-back point. The next rally is a long and tense one (just for a change today), which ends when Murray sees a backhand down the line swerve wide. It's beautiful to watch, but painful too. Tie-break time.
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*Murray 4-6 6-5 Ferrer
Another twist? You betcha. It's Ferrer's turn to show his frustration at 30-all when he fires into the net to hand Murray a break-point, then adds to his misery when he reaches a drop-shot but flops a backhand against the net-cord. The Spaniard is still shouting at himself at the changeover too, and Murray will serve for the second set next.
Murray 4-6 5-5 *Ferrer
Murray is still putting us through the mixer, isn't he? He follows some big serves with some sloppy shots and, finding himself at 30-all, Ferrer steps in to smack away a backhand return and move to set-point. The threat of a full-blown crisis seems to register with Murray, however, and some super serving sees him take the next three points to hold. He's still in the second set people, so you can breathe again. *takes a deep breath*

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delacruzcontrol on Twitter: "Murray needs to calm down. He's only a set down and he's still in the second but his attitude is going to lose him this match"


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gordondunn on Twitter: "Every now and again you sense Murray's working it out but then he immediately goes back to hitting unforced errors. Come on!!"

*Murray 4-6 4-5 Ferrer
A frustrating old game for Murray - which sort of sums up his day so far. He gives the first two points away cheaply, and is unlucky to lose the next one when he reaches a drop-shot but sees his attempt to pass land just out. No way back on the Ferrer serve from there. "Murray's body-language in this set so far has been poor," says John Lloyd on BBC Two.

Murray 4-6 4-4 *Ferrer
At last, a bit of consistency from Murray. A lot still depends on his first serve, of course, but at least he is backing it up with some groundstrokes when he has to.


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pascalwednesday on Twitter: "Murray needs to play more junk, slow the pace, make Ferrer stand still more often: less running and David might cool down..."

*Murray 4-6 3-4 Ferrer
Tom (below) might have something there - Ferrer holds, but Murray has far more joy here when he comes into the net, even if he remains infuriatingly inconsistent. The Scot stoops to put away a wonderful drop volley but then is far too casual with a similar, but much easier shot. Ferrer is still wobbling at 30-all and deuce but he eventually pulls himself together from the back of the court.

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From Tom in Southampton via text: "Just how many shots has Murray dumped in the net today?!! Murray needs to shorten the points and change it up by coming to the net more. He's struggling to hit through Ferrer consistently."

Murray 4-6 3-3 *Ferrer
What Murray needs now is another solid service game, but what he produces is another series of errors from the back of the court. I've lost count of the number of time he has flopped a forehand into the net, and he does exactly that to fall 15-40 down. Two big serves dig him out of that particular hole but it is Murray's backhand that lets him down next - again finding the net. He's not making this easy for you, is he? Two more big serves dig him out of a hole, as he eventually holds, just, but he just doesn't seem to be able to win a rally at the moment. "His serve rescued him big-time there," says John Lloyd on BBC Two.

*Murray 4-6 2-3 Ferrer
A few of you think Murray looks disinterested but I wouldn't read too much into his body language, especially in comparison to someone as intense as Ferrer. Nope, the Scot's problems are in trying to break down the Spaniard's superior baseline play and he needs to start mixing up his shots and tactics in general if he is going to succeed. No joy this time - Ferrer holds to love, and Murray is left muttering to himself and the umpire at the changeover.

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MyklH on Twitter: " When is Murray going to get his tactics right to trouble Ferrer? At the moment he is driving his car straight into the wall!"

*Murray 4-6 2-3 Ferrer
A few of you think Murray looks disinterested but I wouldn't read too much into his body language, especially in comparison to someone as intense as Ferrer. Nope, the Scot's problems are in trying to break down the Spaniard's superior baseline play and he needs to start mixing up his shots and tactics in general if he is going to succeed. No joy this time - Ferrer holds to love, and Murray is left muttering to himself and the umpire at the changeover.

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Kingy2588 on Twitter: "Murray needs to start hitting the lines - Ferrer is, and he is forcing Murray into errors."

Murray 4-6 2-2 *Ferrer
A comfortable enough hold for Murray but he is still having to work hard for every point.

*Murray 4-6 1-2 Ferrer
A sniff of a break for Murray at 30-all but he is making far too many mistakes to take advantage - his unforced error count is in the mid 20s and climbing fast. "It's very strange," says John Lloyd on BBC Two. "He needs to dig in here or this match could go away from him very fast."


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quigonsmith on Twitter: "Andy's body-language is a bit too 'moody teenager'. Not as intimidating as Rafa's intensity or Roger's imperious coolness."

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Murray 4-6 1-1 *Ferrer
This time Murray will consolidate his break, right? Erm, no. Far from it in fact. Ferrer responds by going on the attack again and, combined with some sloppy play with Murray, his reward is three break-points. Murray gets a lucky escape with the first two as Ferrer nets from good positions but the next point sees the Scot drive a backhand into the net, followed by the sort of angry reaction you would expect. Frustrating to watch, but we are back on serve.

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*Murray 4-6 1-0 Ferrer
Murray is not actually playing that badly, but too often he is playing Ferrer's game rather than his own - that means a lot of long rallies and often not much reward for a lot of hard work. Ferrer mistakes, on the other hand, are pretty rare so Murray has to make the most of them - and this time he does. He wastes one break-point with a weak forehand but soon has another chance and converts it when the Spaniard sends a backhand long. That's an early break and I think that is the good start that Mr Henman was referring to...

Tim Henman on BBC Two: "They had a couple of incredible rallies in that first set. Ferrer responded incredibly well to going a break down but that's his make-up. We knew it was going to be a battle and Murray knew it would be tough. Murray's dropped the first set, he had opportunities but he now has to dig deep and get off to a good start in the second set. If he can do that, he's still got a good chance of winning this match."

FIRST SET


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Murray 4-6 *Ferrer
Oh dear. At 0-30 down, Murray is in big, big trouble but he stays alive after another marathon exchange when he gets across to an angled forehand and despatches a fierce winner. A big serve gets him back to 30-all but Ferrer is not to be denied. He digs in (again) to win the next rally and then patiently waits for Murray to send a backhand into the tramlines that gives him the first set. Murray yells in frustration - that just seemed to slip out of his grasp.

*Murray 4-5 Ferrer
These two are slugging it out in style from the back of the court and it is taking one heck of an effort by Murray to wear Ferrer down. It seems to be working, though, because after a 40-shot exchange the Spaniard sends a forehand into the net and Murray has two more break-points. Can he take them? No. Ferrer starts his recovery with an ace, and he covers every inch of the court to claw his way back to deuce. Two more stunning rallies follow, but the Spaniard wins them both - and Murray will serve to stay in the first set next.

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Murray 4-4 *Ferrer
Ouch. Back to square one for Murray, I'm afraid. Ferrer takes a leaf out of the Scot's book by going on the attack and puts away an overhead to bring up two break-back points. He converts his first, too, putting away a volley with both players at the net after an epic rally. "I did not see that coming," says John Lloyd on BBC Two. "Andy looked in control of the set but credit to Ferrer for taking charge like that."

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Gallacticos87 on Twitter: "No excuses today if Murray goes out. In the past he's lost to lower-ranked players on fire but Ferrer is eminently beatable."

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*Murray 4-3 Ferrer
Make that much better. Ferrer's serve wobbles for the first time and Murray is quickly on the attack to capitalise. He forces a mistake from the Ferrer forehand to set up his first break-point of the match, and takes it too - with more aggressive play bringing a backhand into the net from the Spaniard.

Murray 3-3 *Ferrer
Better. More big serving by Murray mean Ferrer does not get anywhere near a sniff this time. "Murray is certainly going for it - he just needs to get the balance right on when to attack," says John Lloyd on BBC Two. "But he is serving extremely well so far."

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_peterdn on Twitter: "5 games in and Murray's unforced errors are through the roof. What's going on?"


He's hit nine unforced errors so far, but six winners too. Nothing to worry about at the moment.

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RooKnight on Twitter: "A decent start by Murray. He needs to step up on the deep shots though."

*Murray 2-3 Ferrer
A mixed bag by Murray, who spanks a forehand winner into the corner to wrong-foot the Spaniard but then flops an attempted drop-shot into the net and makes another unforced error on his backhand. He has not really put any pressure on the Ferrer serve yet, to be honest. Fewer mistakes, more winners please.

Murray 2-2 *Ferrer
Murray lands the first ace of the match but flings a forehand into the net to find himself in a spot of bother at 30-all. He can do much better than that, and quickly proves it. After a huge serve on the next point, he produces his first cry of "C'MON!" before repeating the trick to hold again.

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JanetHowarth on Twitter: "David Ferrer has a very intimidating look, I hope Murray can cope with it."


I'm not sure that will help Ferrer too much today. If being able to give someone a hard stare made you a top-class tennis player, I'd be in the top 10 I think...

*Murray 1-2 Ferrer
A first double fault by Ferrer doesn't change the fact that serves are definitely on top so far. "It's early days but both players have settled," says John Lloyd on BBC Two. "Andy doesn't look too nervous."

Murray 1-1 *Ferrer
Murray has to work a tiny bit harder to get on the scoreboard, with Ferrer giving as good as he gets in some scorching baseline rallies, but the fifth seed's only error on serve is a forehand that flies just long. Impressive stuff.

*Murray 0-1 Ferrer
Ferrer is straight into his stride on serve, banging down a couple of big uns to move 30-0 up. In response, Murray produces what he will hope is the first of many backhand winners, but Ferrer matches it with a big forehand to help him hold with relative ease. A solid start by the Spaniard.
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0841: A bit of a delay while we find some match balls... perhaps they should have got those out sooner.

0840: Hold on to your hats, we are about to get started. David Ferrer to serve first...

0838: The players are warming up. Andy is looking smarter than you might think considering he is wearing a neon green shirt. Ferrer? Not quite so bright. He has opted for all-black, with a couple of yellow flashes.

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Aaronk28 on Twitter: "Gut feeling, am not sure why but think Ferrer will win this match. Feels a lot like Wimbledon 2009 Murray vs Roddick"

0833: Loud cheers for David Ferrer when he emerges from the tunnel. Louder screams for Murray when he appears. The Spaniard holds a 3-2 winning record over the Scot ahead of this semi-final, but all three of those wins have come on clay, and he has not even taken a set off Murray on hard courts, which is of course what they will be playing on today.

0831: Here's that interview. "I'm playing well," says Andy. "I'm going to have to work hard today but it is going to be a really tough match." Shall we get on with the tennis then?

0829: Right then. Murray and Ferrer have emerged from their dressing room and after a quick and pointless pre-match interview, they will be out on court.

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From Andrew in Aberdeen via text: "Come on Andy! This is one of those events where everyone at work pretends they are working when actually they are watching the tennis. C'mon Murray!"

0826: Ah. Our live stream is currently showing Dennis the Menace. Looks fun too. But don't worry - Murray-Ferrer is just moments away. Plenty of British support on Rod Laver by the looks of things, we are just waiting for the players now.

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matty_normann on Twitter: "Hoping this is going to be a simple 3 set victory so I can get off to work in time! But nothing is ever simple with Brits!"

David Ferrer on reaching only his second Grand Slam semi-final at the age of 28. He lost the other one, at the 2007 US Open: "I am playing a lot of years in the Grand Slams and the ATP. Of course, Andy has more experience than me, but I have played a lot of matches. I want to enjoy this moment. It's another match in my career and I will just need to fight a lot, like every match in my life."

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LucyPembayun on Twitter: "Sorry work, Andy Murray is just more important. Go Andy!"

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0821: Just one other result to bring you up to speed with before we head over to Rod Laver Arena. That's in the women's doubles, where top seeds Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Italy's Flavia Pennetta produced a memorable comeback from a set and 4-1 down to beat Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko 2-6 7-5 6-1 for their first Grand Slam title together. That's gotta be worthy of a champagne graphic, surely?

It's bad news for a Briton
0819: Sadly, one Briton has already lost his semi-final at Melbourne Park today. George Morgan's run in the boys' singles was ended by Czech top seed Jiri Vesely, who won 6-3 6-4 and will play Australia's Luke Saville in the final.

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From Rick via text: "On my way to work and I plan on being brave and defiant! Tennis will be watched at my desk (in full view of the whole office), something many have tried and failed! I just hope Murray can demonstrate the same grit and determination today!!"

Former British number one Tim Henman on BBC Radio 5 live: "The way Ferrer has played this year is fantastic. He is number seven in the world for a reason. It would be naive to think Murray does not have a very tough match today. I also think Djokovic is back to the best form of his life. Murray's task of winning his first Grand Slam is very difficult, but he can still do that as he's playing so well."

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kevr1990 on Twitter: "I've not been able to sleep through excitement and nerves and it's only the semi final, what will we be like if Murray wins?!"


More excitement and nerves, probably...

0813: Solid, stubborn, Spanish and, er, seventh seed are just five words I could use to describe David Ferrer in the Australian Open so far. I'll go for mean, magical and magnificent to sum up Murray's progress if that's ok with you (I do love an alliteration). It all counts for precisely nought today, though. The real test starts now...

Andy Murray on David Ferrer, the Spanish seventh seed who stands between him and his second successive Australian Open final: "I know a lot about him. He's a great player. He's been around a long time at the top of the game. He's very, very consistent, in great shape, moves very well, does everything well, so it's a very, very tough game to call."

0808: So, you know what is happening, and how to follow it - now you just need to get involved yourselves. Drop me a line on Twitter (via hashtag #BBCAussieOpen ) or send a text message to 81111 (UK) with TENNIS before your message. If you want to contact me personally (to dish out some abuse, perhaps?) then Tweet me at www.twitter.com/chrisbevan_bbc

Twitter
Andy Murray's mum Judy on Twitter: "A rather elderly lady has just stopped me and said "we are praying that Tim will win". Clearly been out in the sun too long. Haha."

0805: Murray's semi-final against Ferrer starts in less than half an hour, so now might be a good time to cancel any plans you had made for this morning. How to watch? Easy. It's live on BBC Two, the red button and this website if you are in the UK, and you can listen to commentary on 5 live sports extra too. If you are anywhere else, you are stuck with me. Sorry about that.

0801: Yep, Rafa and Roger have long gone - only David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic can stop the 23-year-old Scot from winning the 2011 Australian Open now. It might sound simple, but I'm pretty sure it won't be.

It's good news for a Briton
0758: Here we go again then. Only two men stand between Andy Murray and his first Grand Slam title, and they are not who we thought they would be (or at least who I thought they would be - I don't know what you were thinking). Confident? Er, sort of. How about you?



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