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    Andy Murray will get another chance to end a near 75-year winless streak for British men in Grand Slam singles tournaments after beating Spain's David Ferrer 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Friday to reach the Australian Open final.

    The semi-final win put Murray into Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the 2008 champion who holds a 4-3 edge in head-to-head matches. Murray, however, has won the last three.
    No British male has won a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry in 1936 more than 270 Grand Slam tournaments ago. The drought endured through British hopes including Tim Henman and most recently by Murray in last year's straight-set loss to Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.

    Federer is gone from this tournament, beaten by Djokovic in the semifinals. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, who was trying to win his fourth straight Grand Slam tournament, is gone too. He was hobbled by a thigh injury in his quarterfinal loss to Ferrer.
    Friday night's semi-final was filled with long rallies and plenty of booming forehands that just cleared the net. Murray mixed it up enough at times that his looping lob on break point at 4-1 in the third set went high over seventh-seeded Ferrer's head, allowing the Spaniard to only watch as the ball bounced meters inside the line.
    "My body was feeling it a bit at the end," said Murray. "Both of us did a lot of running."
    Ferrer won the first set by breaking Murray's serve in the 10th game, and had a set point to go up 2-0 in the second. But Murray saved it and levelled at 5-5. The two exchanged service breaks in the next two games to send the second set to a tiebreaker, which Murray led 6-0 and easily prevailed.
    "I think towards the end of the second set I started going for my shots more ... I was missing a lot earlier," Murray said. "I changed my string tension and managed to come through."
    Ferrer rued his missed opportunities, but said he couldn't have done any more.
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