Andy and Jamie Murray have become the first siblings to reach the finals, in both the men’s singles and doubles events in a Grand Slam competition since the Open era has started.
The Australian Open singles semi-final on Friday was a marathon, not a sprint to victory, for Andy Murray. The gruelling five-set match lasted four hours, with Murray all but crumbling in the first set. 25-year-old Canadian Milos Raonic broke his serve early and went on to win the first and the the third set, but in the end, Murray prevailed, beating his opponent 4-6, 7-5, 6-7, (4-7), 6-4, 6-2.
Murray has been a runner-up in the Australian Open on four previous occasions. He will now face current World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday.
Jamie Murray and his doubles partner Bruno Soares are also through to the finals, and will play against Radek Stepanek and Daniel Nestor on Saturday.
It may well be that a double celebration is on the cards for the Murray brothers this weekend. Tennis fans, particularly those in the UK, are keeping their fingers crossed.