Murray prepares for Open showdown


Andy Murray beats David Ferrer in the semi-final of the men's singles at the Australian Open

Tennis star Andy Murray is spending Saturday preparing for what could be a historic game after he battled through to the final at the Australian Open.

Scotland’s Murray will take on Serbian Novak Djokovic in his third grand slam final at the Australian Open on Sunday aiming to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a major singles title.

He has lost in two grand slam finals before – the US Open of 2008 and last year’s Australian Open – when on both occasions Roger Federer won.

Djokovic beat Federer in straight sets in their semi-final on Thursday at the Australian Open.

But the 23-year-old from Dunblane admits although the opponent is different the game will still be tough.

He said: “The first slam final I played against Federer I didn’t know what was going on. It went so quick. Last year was better and I hope this one’s going to be better than last year’s.

“But it’s going to be a tough match. Novak’s played a great tournament.

“We trained a lot in Perth getting ready for here. We practised four or five times and then practised here a couple of times. There won’t be any secrets about our games.”

Murray beat Spaniard David Ferrer on Friday in what the Scot described as an “unbelievably tough” test.

Murray’s grandfather, Roy Erskine, said he was “very, very relieved” by the result. He said: “I don’t think he played his best, and he certainly kept us on the edge of our seats, but he got there. I’m certainly not going to make any predictions about Sunday, but I hope he does well and it would be wonderful if he won.”

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