Andy Murray leads trio of Scots in Australian Open finals

Andy Murray reacts during his hard-fought semi-final win over Canada's Milos Raonic. He faces Novak Djokovic in the final tomorrow. Picture: AFP/Getty

Andy Murray reacts during his hard-fought semi-final win over Canada's Milos Raonic. He faces Novak Djokovic in the final tomorrow. Picture: AFP/Getty

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Andy Murray’s five-set win over Milos Raonic in Melbourne yesterday means there will be Scots involved in four finals at the Australian Open over the weekend.

Murray came from behind to defeat the Canadian to set up a title showdown with world No 1 Novak Djokovic tomorrow.

Older brother Jamie will contest the men’s doubles final today when he and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares face Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Czech Radek Stepanek.

Glasgow’s Gordon Reid had already reached his first ever major wheelchair singles final and now he is through in the doubles too after he and his Japanese partner Shingo Kunieda, seeded second, beat Gustavo Fernandez and Joachim Gerard 7-6 (7/3), 6-2.

The duo are up against French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer today while around two hours later in the singles, Reid faces a rematch against Gerard.

Andy Murray, meanwhile, insists past defeats will mean nothing when he takes on Djokovic for the fourth time in the Australian final. Murray sealed another shot at the title after coming from behind to win an epic battle with Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2.

The victory puts Murray through to his fifth Melbourne final and a fourth against Djokovic, to whom he has lost in 2011, 2013 and last year.

The world No 1 has dominated the match-up overall too, leading the pair’s head-to-head 21-9 and winning 10 of their last 11 meetings.

Murray is the clear underdog but he has stretched Djokovic before – most notably defeating the Serb in the final to win the 2012 US Open and, a year later, Wimbledon. He will also take belief from others who have turned the tide. Stan Wawrinka knocked Djokovic out in the 2014 quarter-finals after a run of 14 straight defeats and went on to win his maiden grand slam on Rod Laver Arena by beating Rafael Nada.

“It’s one tennis match, it doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past really,” Murray said. “It’s about what happens on Sunday. People like to read into what’s happened in the past, but Stan beat Rafa in the final here. I don’t think he’d ever won against him in 13 attempts. When he beat Novak here, the same thing as well. There’s no reason it’s not possible for me to win.”

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