Aussie Open Day 11: Murray heads to the final, Sharapova sets up Serena Williams showdown

Andy Murray recovered from a set down to book his place in the men’s final of the Australian Open for the fourth time in six years as the world number four kept hopes of a  third grandslam title alive.

Andy Murray has reached his first grandslam final since Wimbledon 2013 image: rte.ie

Andy Murray has reached his first grandslam final since Wimbledon 2013
image: rte.ie

Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych won the first set on a tie break but the Scot responded magnificently as he won six straight games to win the second set 6-0.

Berdych got back into the match but the 2013 Wimbledon champion was just one better than his opponent and clinched his place in the final with a 6-7 (6/8) 6-0 6-3 7-5 victory.

Murray will face either Novak Djokovic or Stanislas Wawrinka, who face off in the other semi-final on Friday.

Serena Williams booked her spot in the final of the Australian Open as she overcame promising teenager Madison Keys.

Williams recovered from a break down in the first set and saw Keys save seven match points before eventually seeing off the spirited challenge of the 19-year-old to win  7-6 (7/5) 6-2.

Serena Williams has lost just two of 18 games against Maria Sharapova image: rte.ie

Serena Williams has lost just two of 18 games against Maria Sharapova
image: rte.ie

Saturday’s women’s final will see the world number one versus the number two after Maria Sharapova saw off fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets 6-2 6-3.

More results, including all the doubles action here.

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