Defending champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic moved into the Australian Open final where he will face Rafael Nadal after Friday night defeating Andy Murray in five sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5.
The almost-five-hour match will be a recovery test for the world No. 1 in the final against Nadal.
“It was a very physical match. It was one of the best matches I have played,” Djokovic said. “I am extremely delighted to be in to the final round, and what can be a bigger challenge than playing Rafael Nadal.”
Up a set and a break, Djokovic looked in control until a Murray rally evened it at one set a piece. When Murray won the third set in a tiebreak, Djokovic looked like his tank might be empty, but in the fourth set the Serb broke early and ran to a 6-1 victory.
In the fifth set Murray fought back from 2-5 to 5-5 before Djokovic held for 6-5 and broke Murray for the victory.
“Andy deserves the credit to come back from 2-5 down. He was fighting. I was fighting,” Djokovic said. “Not many words that can describe the feeling of the match.”
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