As Andy Murray continues his steady progress through the Australian Open competition, the BBC has upgraded its coverage of the semi-finals from just a TBC slot on its red button service to live coverage on BBC2.
Coverage will run from 8:15am until 12 noon, with a repeat of Question Time, and the BBC News and BBC World News programmes, being dropped.
The decision came after Murray dispatched France’s Jeremy Chardy in a swift quarter-final match lasting one hour and 51 minutes, during which time the Scot didn’t drop a set. He will meet Roger Federer in the semi-final, after the Swiss ace took five sets to get past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The efficient manner in which Murray has played his way into the semis has led many commentators to hail his title-challenging form. Federer is often referred to as the best player ever, and will prove a stern test, but Murray has a slight edge based on previous meetings, having won ten to Federer’s nine.
Murray was sanguine about the prospect of facing Federer, saying “I think you have to trust yourself that when you are tested, you’re going to play better tennis.”
If Murray does win, it will put him one step closer to claiming his second grand slam title; a great start to a year in which hopes for a Wimbledon title will be higher than ever.