Jan. 25 Photo Brief: Murray beats Federer, a hair from Prophet Mohammad’s beard, Egyptians violently mark revolution two years ago

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Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis tournament, protesters mark the second anniversary of the January 25th revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Kashmiri Muslims celebrate Eid-e-Mila, or the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, by observing a relic believed to be a hair from the Prophet’s beard and more in today’s daily brief.

Murray beats Federer to set up Djokovic final

Greg Stutchbury | Reuters
8:24 a.m. EST, January 25, 2013

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray set up an enthralling Australian Open final against world number one Novak Djokovic after a high-quality victory against Roger Federer on Friday.

The 25-year-old Briton, who had never beaten Federer in a grand slam previously despite being one of the few players to hold a superior career record against the Swiss, advanced to the final with a 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-7 6-2 win in four hours.

Murray had looked the more likely to win the match from the outset with a superior service game and aggressive shotmaking, but the 17-times grand slam winner proved he was still a force to be reckoned with by forcing a fifth set.

The U.S. Open champion, however, got off to a storming start in the fifth, racing out to a 3-0 lead and after being two points from the match in the fourth set was not prepared to let the opportunity slip again.