Andy Murray Roars His Way to the Australian Open Final

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28:  Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning a point in his semifinal match against Marin Cilic of Croatia during day eleven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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British No. 1 Andy Murray beat Marin Cilic to reach his second grand slam final. He started off slowly, losing the first set but managed to progress to the final in three hours and one minute by 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2.

He will play the Final on Sunday where his opponent will be either Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Murray has the chance to make British history. He is now only one match away from being the first British male grand slam champion in 74 years.

After an exhilarating match against Nadal, this turned out to be quite a calm and low-key encounter.

Murray dropped his first set but managed to pull off a great winning shot in the second set to break Cilic's serve and take the set. He then took control of the rest of the game with his power from the baseline.

Murray was the favourite going into the match with a 3-1 head-to-head win ratio over the Croatian. He also had more experience than Cilic on this stage as the Scot has been to the semifinals at Wimbledon and the US Open in New York.

Murray was also in better form coming into the last four down under. Before the semis, he had not dropped a single set. Whereas Cilic had to take three of his games to a fifth set decider.

As they went into the forth set, it was obvious that Cilic was a tired man. He had now played 21 hours on court in this competition, and a double fault gave Murray his break of serve.

Murray was pushed, though, by the 14th seed:

"Marin showed incredible guts; he had played three five-setters here. He made it so tough for me and he was so clearly tired after his hard week."

Murray now has to see if he will be facing 10th seed Tsonga or the incredible 15-time grand slam champion Roger Federer.