Murray confident of final chances

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Andy Murray is optimistic of winning a first grand slam title after seeing off Marin Cilic to reach the Australian Open final.

The British number one recovered from a set down to defeat the big-hitting Croatian 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 and will meet either world number one Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday's showpiece.



Murray lost to Federer in his only previous slam final at the US Open in 2008 but he fancies his chances this time.



He told the BBC: "I would expect Roger to come through and he's so good in slam finals but if I go out there and play my best I think I've got a chance of winning and it's really exciting."

Murray went into the match as the clear favourite after cruising through the draw without dropping a set, including in his quarter-final clash with Rafael Nadal.

In contrast, Cilic had survived three five-set clashes and had spent more than eight hours longer on court than his opponent.



The Croatian was by far the better player in the opening set, though, and Murray needed an incredible winner off a Cilic lob to break through in the fifth game of the second.



From there he gradually gained the ascendancy against a visibly tiring opponent and wrapped up victory in three hours.



"I actually practise that shot quite a lot in training," said Murray of his amazing winner. "It was a great shot, I managed to turn it around from there. I started going for my shots a bit more."



The Scot paid tribute to Cilic, who beat US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Roddick to reach the last four of a slam for the first time.



"He showed incredible guts," said Murray. "He's played three five-set matches but he made it so tough for me and fought right until the end. We're going to have some more great matches."



The 22-year-old will now have two days off before the final while his opponent will not be decided until tomorrow morning.



Murray was accused of being too passive in the final against Federer at Flushing Meadows but he is not planning a gung-ho approach on Sunday.



"It's important against both to be solid," he added. "Both of them can go through phases where they play unbelievable and you need to keep your level."

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