Murray looks like he's willing to put in the long miles in this match off the bat with a series of long baseline exchanges to start. He's spent 8 hours, 56 minutes on court in five three-set matches. Federer? 10 hours, 47 minutes, including his five-set win over Tsonga Wednesday night (3 hours, 34 minutes)
Murray breaks on his fifth chance in the first two games. What's helping? Just a 50% first-serve percentage from Federer in which he's winning just 44% of the points. Meanwhile, Murray has gotten every return back in play.
A 40-love lead quickly disappears for Murray. Deuce.
Murray holds for a 3-1 lead. So far, this match is feeling like a continuation of their Olympic final in which Murray won 6-2 6-1 6-4. However, they've played three times since
Overheard from the 7 commentary booth: Lleyton Hewitt calling AO2013 boys finalists Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis "homeboys." He was referring to them both being Australians, but it sounded... well, street. Nice try, LH.
Good point @Djoker Fan. It's been discussed, though more people have taken issue with the now-defunct US Open schedule that had them play Sat and Sun, leaving the second semifinalist more vulnerable
Federer fends off two break points there and holds for 3-4. Murray still up a break here
Federer has held for 4-5 and now Murray will serve for it. The last time Murray won a set against Roger was in Shanghai last year, winning that match 6-4 6-4
Murray does it! In 45 minutes her has the first set 6-4.
In 13 of the 19 matches Federer and Murray have played, whoever wins the first set takes the match
We're on serve in the early going of the second set with Federer holding for 2-1. Murray to serve.
Probably one of the first longer rallies that Federer has won there tonight. Gets him to 30-15 on Murray's serve. The Brit still a step ahead in most every category on court so far
We're at 3-2 in the second on serve. Neither player has had a break point this set as Murray remains 1 for 7 and Federer 0 for 1. Stat that pops out: Murray winning 81% of points when he gets his first serve in
In our pre-semifinal poll just 36% of you voted for Murray to win the match. After that first set? 57% now think he'll take it
76 minutes into this match Federer holds for a 4-3 lead in the second on serve. Federer is now 10 for 17 at net but has hit just 12 winners to Murray's 22
Federer holds for 5-4 and Murray will now serve to stay in the second set. Last time they split the opening two sets of a match was their Wimbledon final where Murray won the first 6-4 but lost the second 7-5
Hold for Murray makes it 5-all. You can feel the Rod Laver crowd pulling for Federer to win this set. They want to witness a classic tonight.
At this point in Djokovic's semifinal, he was already talking with Jim Courier following an 89-minute win. In the 94th minute of this match we're headed to a second-set tiebreak at Murray holds for 6-all in the second
Doesn't look good for Murray: He's 1-5 against Federer in the six they've played