2014 Australian Open Quarterfinal:
Although Djokovic’s surprising defeat at this year’s Australian Open disappointed many fans, tennis enthusiasts are excited to see the quarterfinal match-up between Roger Federer and Andy Murray. While Roger Federer’s level of play has slipped over the past year, the 32 year old all-time great remains a force to be reckoned with.
Interestingly, Federer’s reputation precedes him — as he enters the quarterfinal match against his younger opponent, 26 year old Andy Murray — as a slight favorite. Murray leads their head-to-head match-ups 11-9. In addition, Murray currently has an ATP ranking of #4 in the world while Federer is ranked # 6.
In their only meeting of 2013, Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in a tough five-setter in last year’s Australian Open Semifinal. The two tennis stars met five times in 2012, with Federer taking three of the matches, all in the finals or semifinals of tournaments.
The match pits Federer’s still-potent serve and all-time-great “balanced game” against Murray’s service return. Over his career, Federer has held serve 88% of the time, one of the best hold percentages in history. On the other hand, Murray’s return game is one of the best in history: he has broken serve 32% of the time.
This match will pit a Federer’s service game against Murray’s return game. We will also get a better indication of the impact of age and “father time” on Roger Federer’s game Enjoy the match!