Australian Open 2013 Schedule: Day 12 TV Schedule, Matches and Bracket Guide

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Australian Open 2013 Schedule: Day 12 TV Schedule, Matches and Bracket Guide
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Day 12 of the 2013 Australian Open on Friday fosters what promises to be an epic duel in Melbourne Park to decide who will face two-time reigning champion Novak Djokovic in the men's final.

Djokovic easily dispatched of fourth-seeded David Ferrer, dropping only five games in three sets.

Now, a matchup between Roger Federer and Andy Murray will take place in Rod Laver Arena. Federer won the last encounter, but in London's Summer Olympics, Murray captured the gold medal by defeating Federer in straight sets behind a raucous home crowd cheering on their fellow Brit.

With the women's finals already set between Li Na and World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, here is a look at the rest of the action. It includes the conclusion of several doubles events and junior singles matches in addition to the clash between two titans.

 

Day 12 TV Schedule

Round Coverage time (ET) Channel
Men's Semifinals 3:30 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. ESPN

 

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Brackets (courtesy of the Australian Open's official website)

For the complete men's draw, click here.

For the complete women's draw, click here.

 

Click here for Friday's complete schedule of play.

 

Federer vs. Murray Preview

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Andy Murray has yet to drop a set at the 2013 Australian Open.

It wasn't the most efficient quarterfinals performance from Fed-Ex. It took him five sets to beat a recently confident Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has benefited from having new coach Roger Rasheed as a mentor (h/t Herald Sun).

If anyone is fit enough to bounce back from such a grueling match and play spectacularly again, it's Federer.

Once again, that legendary grit and determination was on display from King Roger against the immensely talented Tsonga. As hardened as Murray has become from an attitude standpoint over the past year, Federer should still be the favorite in this match.

The only problem is that Murray has very fresh legs, having not dropped a set yet in the 2013 Open.

Murray holds a 10-9 advantage in the head-to-head rivalry against Federer, and has no doubt been boosted by his big breakthrough in London this past August. The momentum generated there drove Murray to win his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.

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Getting it done in the U.S. Open final has clearly translated well to the hard courts of Melbourne thus far, and Murray's combination of power and fitness are sure to give Federer fits in the semis.

Murray's ability to return is second to none other than Djokovic, so Federer won't be able to lean on his serve as a crutch to keep points short as he might against other foes. But Federer has done a great job of winning points on his second serve, and will need to use his finesse and slice shots to force Murray to dig out tough groundstrokes lower to the ground.

Federer has also done an exceptional job of winning second-serve points and will need to make sure to get enough on those, because Murray is as capable as anyone to deliver a compact punch for a winner should Federer get a little lackadaisical.

The world of men's tennis continues to take dramatic twists and turns at the top. In the midst of all the flux, it's incredible to think that Murray could hold the most recent two Grand Slam titles in addition to the singles gold medal by weekend's end.

This seems like a mismatch on paper considering each player's total track records, but the recent success of Murray should make this at least a four-set match.

Prediction: Federer in four sets

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