But with his win today, Murray moved ahead head to head versus Federer 3-2 to join a small group of players with a head to head edge against Federer.
In set one, Federer scored his lone break of serve of the match to reach 4-2 as Murray hit an inside out forehand down the line long on breakpoint.
Murray reduced his unforced errors in set two and applied more pressure on Federer at the net as he took a page from the Federer book of play. Murray broke serve to reach 3-1 as a volley forced a forehand error from Federer on the run on breakpoint.
Murray took the second set on his first setpoint with an inside out forehand crosscourt winner.
In the final set Murray wasted three breakpoints at 1 all and another at 2 all before finally breaking Federer's serve at 5 all to reach 6-5. Some aggressive play from Murray and some suspect play from Federer resulted in four forehand errors from Federer in the game. An overpowering Murray backhand down the line on breakpoint forced a Federer forehand long.
Serving for the match, Murray continued his stellar play with an ace out wide and an inside out forehand crosscourt winner to reach matchpoint. Federer netted a backhand to end the 1 hour, 56 minutes match.
Overall for the day Murray was slightly more consistent and aggressive. One major key of the match was Murray would win 85% of his first serve points.
In the championship match Sunday, Murray will meet the winner of today's second semifinal between Nadal or the unseeded Giles Simon of France.