Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray is worthy of a Grand Slam final at the 2013 Australian Open. Both champions collide on perhaps the most level conditions of their career rivalry in what has every opportunity to be the latest Aussie classic.
Since summer 2012, Federer and Murray have combined for the past two Grand Slam titles and the top two Olympics medals. They also split matches at Shanghai and London to close the 2012 ATP season. Murray may now have evened the odds against his Swiss tormentor.
Federer is still a remarkable champion able to win Grand Slams, but he must implement more guile and versatility to offset his younger rivals.
He survived a grinding match in the quarterfinals against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and now must bounce back with a stiffer test against Murray. The prospects of facing Novak Djokovic are his likely reward.
Murray is at his career peak, and he hopes to build on his recent breakthrough at the U.S. Open. He has added more punch to his offensive arsenal and now has removed the gorilla of expectations from his shoulders. Many fans and pundits would tap Murray as the favorite in this matchup, if not to win the title.
What can tennis fans expect to see in each player’s game for a winning formula?