Roger Federer: "Andy Murray was a bit better"

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Roger Federer says that Andy Murray was "more aggressive" in their Australian Open semi-final encounter.

World number two Roger Federer has conceded that he was second best against Andy Murray in their Australian Open semi-final in Melbourne.

The 31-year-old lost his first Grand Slam encounter against the Scot 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 in four hours at the Rod Laver Arena.

Federer created just six break points during the five-set contest and admitted that he found it difficult to break down Murray's serve.

"I think overall he probably created more chances than I did," said Federer. "I had difficulties getting into his service games time and time again.

"I think he started off serving well, and then, I mean, fifth set, obviously he did well. I think he played a bit more aggressive because he did create more opportunities over and over again.

"I think it was a tough match. I think I had my chances a little bit. Obviously you're going to go through a five setter with some regrets, you know. But overall, like I mentioned, I think Andy was a bit better than I was tonight."

Murray will now play Novak Djokovic in the final.

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Gilles Simon in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 21, 2013
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