Murray sets up semi date

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ANDY Murray knows his chances of a first ever Grand Slam have improved considerably after Rafael Nadal went out of the Australian Open thus missing the opportunity to become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles simultaneously.

Then he saw Nadal, troubled by a hamstring injury, lose 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer who now faces Murray in the last four at 8.30am British time tomorrow.

Said Murray: “It was very tough. Every point against him is different, he hits the ball differently to everyone else, it’s tough to explain.

“I struggled with my rhythm early on and he came back in the third set but I thought I did well enough.”

Dolgopolov, the world No 46 who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Robin Soderling in his previous two matches, had numerous opportunities to take a grip on the match but too often let Murray off the hook with moments of carelessness,

Roger Federer cruised through fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1 6-3 6-3 to book a semi-final date with Novak Djokovic.

British teenager George Morgan, the No 4 seed, is through to the quarter-finals of the boys’ singles after an epic 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 10-8 win over Mate Delic in 2hrs 35 mins.