There were plenty of bumps along the way, but in the end Andy Murray strolled into his third consecutive Grand Slam final by beating Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 in exactly four hours here on a chilly evening at Melbourne Park. The win also marks Murray's first time beating Federer in a Grand Slam match.
Murray dominated large swathes of a duel that contained some scintillating tennis from both men, but the US Open champion managed to prolong the drama -- to the delight of a wildly enthusiastic crowd -- by handing Federer two tiebreaks and failing to serve out for the match at 6-5 in the fourth set.
The drama touched boiling point in that 12th game when Murray, already out of challenges, looked as if he wanted to query another call and Federer advanced towards him, apparently saying, "F....... stop it".
Uncharacteristic -- to say the least -- on the part of the cool, suave Swiss. Murray looked a little taken aback and then turned his ire on the umpire and was still...