Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray Isn't after Revenge; Murray Faces US Open Conqueror for Place in Final

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray Isn't after Revenge; Murray Faces US Open Conqueror for Place in Final

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ANDY Murray will not be motivated by revenge ahead of today's semi-final meeting with Marin Cilic at the Australian Open.

Cilic dished out one of Murray's most embarrassing defeats of recent times when the 21-year-old Croatian dumped him out of last year's US Open in straight sets.

Murray had been bothered by a wrist injury in that match which subsequently kept him off the tour for six weeks, but it served as an indication of the 6ft 6in Cilic's rising talent.

"I was obviously disappointed about what happened at the US Open," said Murray. "I was feeling good going into it. It wasn't the way I would have liked to have lost.

"Everyone talks about that a lot, about revenge. But you just go out there and every day's a different day in tennis.

"I think that I can win the match regardless of what happened at the US Open, if I play well, focus hard and concentrate, then there's no reason why I can't beat him again."

There is a blossoming rivalry between the young duo that began as juniors at the 2005 French Open when Cilic upset Murray, who was the No 1 seed.

But Murray has had the better of their matches since they became seniors, with the Scot winning on three occasions before his US Open humbling.

The pair will resume their rivalry when they meet under the lights of Rod Laver Arena today, and Murray believes little should be read into their last result at Flushing Meadows, hinting his wrist complaint had hindered his performance.

"You can read into it as much as you like. I know what the circumstances were," he said.

"Obviously I didn't have my best day. I played him quite a few times on the tour and had good results against him, except there.

"I'll try and play like I did against Rafa (Nadal). If I do that, I've got a good chance of winning."

Murray will have the advantage of having spent far less time on court than his rival so far during the tournament.

The Scot is yet to drop a set and has completed his five matches quicker than any of the semi-finalists. …

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