Calm Murray ready for tough test

24 January 2013 10:07:43 EST

Andy Murray has revealed that he is in a calm frame of mind going into his semi-final against Roger Federer at the Australian Open but is expecting a tough clash.

The 25-year-old says the experience of winning the US Open and Olympic gold last year will stand him in good stead as he takes on the Swiss maestro, who has won 17 Grand Slams during a glittering career.

I can't be disappointed about being in the semis of a Slam without dropping a set. That would be silly.

Andy Murray

The winner of the last-four encounter will play Novak Djokovic in the final after the Serb thrashed David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 6-1 in Thursday's semi-final.

Third seed Murray said: "I feel probably a little bit calmer than usual. But I still have an understanding of how difficult it is to win these events. With the players that are still left in the tournament, it's going to be a very tough few days if I want to do that."

Murray has not dropped a set in his five matches while Federer needed five sets to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals.

Murray added: "Roger has played some tough players, and a variety of different styles, so I'd say he's been tested pretty well. I played a lot of tennis in December - I had some good matches in Brisbane - so I can't be disappointed about being in the semis of a Slam without dropping a set. That would be silly."

Murray has played Federer on 19 previous occasions, winning ten of them and beat the Swiss player in the final of the London Olympics.

Murray is 5/1 to win the semi-final in five sets and is 11/8 to clinch the Australian Open, while Djokovic can be backed at 4/7 to retain his title.

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