AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Murray vs. Federer Preview Analysis
Three-time Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray faces Roger Federer for the 21st time in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The duo's most recent meeting in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series came at the semi-final stage in Melbourne last year.
In that epic five-set battle, Murray overcame Federer and survived any looks the Swiss might have had on his second serve. This year, Murray looks to pressure Federer's serve throughout their battle; the Scot has won 61 percent of points returning second serves so far in the tournament. Importantly, he has put 83 percent of all returns back into play and is averaging two service breaks per set. Federer, meanwhile, has been broken just once in four matches.
In last year's semi-final, Murray created 16 break points against Federer and broke six times. It will be up to Federer to continue to serve well at this event: He has won 85 per cent of his first-serve points.
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• Dominant return game: 83% of returns put back in play; 38% won returning first serves; 61% won returning second serves; 26 breaks of serve in 13 sets played
• Improved first serve: 80% first serve points won; but only 53% of second serve points won
• Dominant serving: 85% 1st serve points won; 60% 2nd serve points won; broken just once in 56 service games
• Solid baseline play: 48 forehand winners to 36 unforced errors; aggressive backhand (27 winners); aggressive and effective getting to net (won 86 of 112 net approaches)
|Andy Murray (4)||Roger Federer (6)|
|63%||1st Serve %||63%|
|80%||1st Serve Points||85%|
|53%||2nd Serve Points||60%|
|11||Break Points Faced||9|
|91%||Service Games Held||98%|
|209 kmh / 130 mph||Broken||208 kmh / 129 mph|
|83%||Returns in Play||75%|
|38%||1st Return Points Won||37%|
|61%||2nd Return Points Won||54%|
|26||Breaks of Serve||18|
|58||Return Games Played||55|
|45%||Return Games Won %||33%|
|60||Forehand Unforced Errors||36|
|47||Backhand Unforced Errors||43|
|38 of 54||Net Points Won||86 of 112|
|70%||Net Points Won||77%|
|56%||Baseline Points Won||54%|
|8:25||Time on Court||7:06|