Former world number one Roger Federer will be hoping to avenge last year’s Australian Open semi-final defeat to Andy Murray when the two clash in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Federer rolled back the years with a vintage display as he tore apart 2008 finalist Jo Wilfred Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash with the Scot.
Murray himself came through a slightly sterner test against world number 119 Stephane Robert, winning 6-1 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 in two hours and 42 minutes.
The Wimbledon champion boasts an 11-9 head-to-head record against the former World No.1.
The pair met just once last year – in this competition – a game Murray won in five sets to make it to the final he would eventually lose to Novak Djokovic.
Federer’s return to form will worry his rival, having endured a turbulent 2013 that saw him fail to win a Grand Slam and slump to seventh in the world; his lowest position since 2002.
Despite being in the twilight years of his career, the four-time Australian Open champion will be aiming to win an eighteenth Grand Slam title of his career.
Murray has lost three finals in Australia, twice to Djokovic and once to Federer.
Yet since breaking his final voodoo in the US Open of 2012, Murray’s position as one of the best in the game will still trouble the aging maestro.
That, and the win at Wimbledon last campaign, makes him the favourite.
A potential clash with current No.1 Rafael Nadal will await the winner.
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