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Federer: He Beat Me Fair & Square

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Federer, Murray© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer congratulates Andy Murray on his five-set Australian Open semi-final win on Friday.

Roger Federer said that he was beaten by a better player on the night, after losing to Andy Murray in the Australian Open semi-finals on Friday.

“He beat me fair and square tonight. No regrets from me,” said Federer. “I think Andy was a bit better than I was tonight. I think overall he probably created more chances than I did. I had difficulties getting into his service games time and time again.”

Federer’s record over the past 12 months against Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is 6-7.

Federer, who didn’t play a tournament leading into the Australian Open, said about his game, “I'm upbeat about the tournament, but obviously it's disappointing going out in five [sets]. It's not the first time it's happened here.

“I go from here with a good feeling for the year. I didn't play a tournament leading in, so now obviously I know where my level is at. Also [I now] have even more time to work on my game, work on my fitness this year. It's something I'm excited about.”

When asked who he saw as favourite for Sunday’s final, the World No. 2 admitted, “Obviously, Novak goes in as the favourite, I would think, even though Andy beat him at the US Open. Andy's had an easy run until the semis, until tonight. Maybe, it's something that Andy needed going into the final. 

“Novak is the double defending champion here. He's done really well again this tournament, digging himself out of the hole against Stan [Wawrinka], coming and playing good tennis against [Tomas] Berdych and [David] Ferrer. So obviously [it will be] a tough match again.” 

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