Result: Roger Federer holds off Andy Murray comeback to reach Australian Open semi-finals

Roger Federer knocks Andy Murray out of the Australian Open in four sets to book a place in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Roger Federer has overcome a fightback from Andy Murray to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 6-7[6] 6-3 victory in the Rod Laver Arena.

Roger Federer celebrates during the Australian Open quarter-final against Andy Murray in Melbourne on January 22, 2014© Getty Images

The Scotsman struggled to get a stronghold of the game in the early phases of the first set after Federer nabbed an early break to take control of the court.

While Murray showed some impressive movement rushing to the net at times, the former world number one was on top of his game once again as he displayed well-placed and swift shots across the court.

After taking a one-set lead, Federer was able to score 16 winners and a break to dominate once again, while Murray couldn't find a way through.

Despite scoring four aces and looking strong at times during his service games, the Wimbledon champion was unable to create a break-point opportunity of his own and relinquished the second set.

Andy Murray slaps his racket in frustration during the Australian Open quarter-final against Roger Federer in Melbourne on January 22, 2014© Getty Images

With Federer needing just one more set to wrap up the match, Murray had it all to do, but once again games went by the way of serve until the Swiss pro converted one of five break points.

It left Federer serving for the match, but Murray managed to break back at a crucial time and draw the third set level on five games all.

Despite Murray coming to life, Federer was able to hold serve to love to take the set into a tie-break, but Murray bounced back once again to save two match points to take the third set.

After 10 deuces in the second gruelling game of the fourth set, Murray was able to maintain his serve and prevent Federer from taking a break at the first time of asking.

From then on, both players managed to hold serve, but the Scotsman was pushed to the limit during most of his games, while Federer appeared to get through his with relative ease.

Murray began to show signs of struggle following his impressive comeback in the third, and Federer was able to pounce to grab a vital break and serve once again for the match.

Despite some fightback from Murray, Federer was able to close the match and set up a semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his second round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060