Murray has only played a handful of matches that have gone the distance in Melbourne. One of his most noteworthy battles came against the six-time champion Roger Federer in the 2013 semifinals. Murray took a two-sets-to-one lead before the Swiss battled back to force a decider. Any momentum that might have been on his side, though, was quickly extinguished by Murray, who won the fifth set to book a place in the final.
Sitting on Top of the Draw
In 2016, the race for the year-end No. 1 spot in the men’s rankings came down to the wire for Murray and Novak Djokovic, with the Scot clinching it at the end. The result set Murray up for a new milestone at the 2017 Australian Open: He was the top seed at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. Murray started the tournament like a No. 1, winning his first three matches in straight sets before Mischa Zverev stopped him in the round of 16.
Victory in a Loss