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Andy Murray reaches Australian Open final with five-set win

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Andy Murray of Great Britain. Photo by David Silpa/UPI
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Andy Murray defeated Milos Raonic, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 in the Australian Open semifinals in Melbourne, and will face Novak Djokovic in final on Sunday.

Murray lost all four previous Aussie Open finals he has advanced to, and Djokovic is a five-time champion.

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"Five finals is a great achievement. You can't take that away from me," Murray said. "So I have to be proud of that achievement.

"Doesn't matter what's happened in the past. What matters is what happens Sunday."

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Murray pulled away from Raonic in the fifth set Friday, winning 20 of 25 points to go ahead 4-0 before taking the decider 6-2.

The difference was Raonic made 78 unforced errors to Murray's 28 in the four-hour match.

Raonic was bothered an upper right leg injury late in the third set that needed a timeout, and in the fourth set had work done by a trainer.

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"I couldn't push off, I couldn't get up to serve, and I couldn't change direction," Raonic, who was playing in the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the second time, said. "Probably the most heartbroken I've felt on court."

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Now Murray has his work cut out for him in the final against Djokovic.

"I need to keep my game plan very well, not have any lapses in concentration and just play the best I can," he said.

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In the women's doubles final Friday, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (1), 6-3 to win their third Grand Slam title together.

Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares beat Ivan Dodig and Mirza in the mixed doubles semifinals.

Jamie Murray and Soares are in the men's doubles final against Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek on Saturday after six-time champion Serena Williams takes on Angelique Kerber in the women's final.

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