Andy Murray out of Australian open

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Andy Murray is out of the Australian Open after losing in four sets to Roger Federer in the quarter-finals today.

The Swiss was just too powerful for the Scot, despite failing to serve out the match in the third set as he eventually prevailed 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 in their quarter-final.

Federer will face Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday for the right to play either Stanislas Wawrinka or Tomas Berdych in the final.

Murray won the third set on a tie-break but found himself facing three break points in the second game of the fourth set.

He steeled himself to save those and then found himself embroiled in a 19-minute game, which he eventually extricated himself from after fighting off three more break points.

But that effort seemed to take its toll, with Murray dropping the speed on his first serve and beginning to look very weary.

He saved another break point to level at 3-3 but the pressure was growing, and when he slipped 0-40 behind at 3-4, Federer finally broke through.

Another twist seemed possible when the Swiss found himself 0-30 serving for the match for a second time, but he reeled off four points in a row, clinching victory with his 10th ace to move through to an 11th straight semi-final in Melbourne.