Andy Murray advances to Aussie semis, will face man on historic run


For the sixth time in seven years, Andy Murray is in the semifinal in Melbourne.

Quinn Rooney

Andy Murray bounced back from a second-set slip-up to reach his sixth career Australian Open semifinal. And now he'll face a player making the first career Aussie Open semi -- in his nation's history.

The No. 2-seed Murray on Wednesday beat No. 8 David Ferrer 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 to earn his spot in the final four, a place where he's quite at home in Melbourne. Murray is 4-1 in his previous five semifinals here and lost to Novak Djokovic in last year's final.

Much of the match was played indoors as a storm front rolled into the Melbourne area. It didn't bother Murray one bit.

"I love playing indoors," Murray said. "I grew up in Scotland. The weather's not quite like here, so I played all my tennis growing up indoors."

Murray will face 13-seed Milos Raonic, who pulled out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 23 Gael Monfils of France in the second quarterfinals. Raonic is the first Canadian man to reach the semifinals in Melbourne.

In his only previous run to a Grand Slam semifinal, Raonic lost to Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2014.

Raonic beat Federer in the final of the Brisbane International leading into the Australian Open earlier this month and is on a career-best nine-match winning streak. He matches up well against No. 2-ranked Murray -- they're 3-3 in head-to-heads.

Speaking of Federer, most eyes will be on the other semifinal -- when No. 3 Federer meets No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report