Australian Open 2013: Andy Murray Win over Roger Federer Would Be Huge for Sport

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23:  Andy Murray of Great Britain grimaces in training session during day ten of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)
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If Andy Murray can beat Roger Federer in their semifinal matchup and move on to the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic, it would be huge for the sport of tennis.

Murray has slowly risen to the top of the tennis world over the past few years and continues to do so with an impressive showing at this year's Australian Open. In fact, if Murray were to go all the way in this year's event, he would become the first man in the open era to win his first two grand slams back-to-back.

Murray finished 2012 in about the strongest way one can.

Before winning his first major tournament at the U.S. Open, defeating Djokovic in five sets, Murray was victorious in the Olympic final against Federer. Those were two huge wins against two of the biggest names in the sport, thus adding a ton of credibility to Murray's place in the men's game.

For years now, the sport has been dominated by the likes of Rafael Nadal, Federer and Djokovic. But if Murray were to win this tournament, he would certainly have to be in the discussion with those other great players, if he isn't already.

That would help add yet another top name to the list of great players in tennis today, and that can only benefit the sport in the future. Furthermore, a win over Federer could be the passing of the torch to Murray, who could become Roger's heir-apparent in a sense.

At this point, Murray is on the outside looking in as far as the three best players in the world are concerned, but beating Federer will no doubt put Murray ahead of Fed-Ex at this point in each of their respective careers.

Another final pitting Djoker and Murray against one another would also be the sign of another budding rivalry in tennis. When there are so few elite players in the sport like there are in this day and age, rivalries between those greats are what make tennis exciting.

A second showdown in consecutive grand slam tournaments between these two would no doubt make the rivalry official, and it could be a preview of things to come in the major tournaments to follow.

The men's game needs another big name to add to the list and a victory for Murray over Federer would do just that. Granted, Murray will need to win the final in order to completely cement his place among the game's elite, but a win over Federer would be a great step in that direction.