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By Chris Oddo

Roger Federer and Andy Murray, Wimbledon 2012 (January 24, 2013) -- Andy Murray and Roger Federer will square off for the 20th time on Friday evening in Melbourne with a spot in the 2013 Australian Open final on the line.

Murray is considered the favorite by oddsmakers (place $100 on Federer and win $157, place $100 on Murray and win only $57), but the head-to-head shows that a coin flip might be a better predictor than anything else in the series.

Here’s a look inside the numbers of the rivalry:

0 – Number of times that Murray has defeated Federer in a Grand Slam. Murray lost to Federer in straight sets in the 2008 U.S. Open final and the 2010 Australian Open final. Last year at Wimbledon, Murray lost to Federer in four.

2 – Number of times that Murray has been reduced to tears after a Grand Slam final loss to Federer. Murray famously said “I can cry like Roger, it’s a shame I can’t play like him,” after being blown out in the 2010 Australian Open final. Last year at Wimbledon, in front of throngs of pro-Murray supporters, Murray said “I’m getting closer,” in a touching speech that was regarded by many as the moment that gained him world-wide respect and admiration from fans.





17 – Number of hard court matches the pair have played. Federer has won 8, Murray has won 9.

4 – The longest winning streak that one has had against the other. Murray won four in a row after his U.S. Open loss in 2008, notching wins in Madrid, Shanghai, Doha and Indian Wells. All four were won in deciding third sets by the Scot.

5-1 – Murray’s record in deciding sets against Federer. Murray reeled off five three-set victories in a row from late 2008 to mid-2009, then Federer got his one and only victory in a decider at the 2009 World Tour Finals in London.

101 – Combined career titles between them. Federer has 76 and Murray 25.

5-1 – The Swiss Maestro’s record in tiebreakers against Murray, including a 24-point breaker that ended the 2010 Australian Open.

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Amount of prize money that each will receive for a semifinal appearance, with the winner receiving an extra $215,000 for reaching the finals, and a chance for the winner's prize purse of $2.43 million.

15, 651 – Amount of followers that Andy Murray's dog, Maggie May, has garnered on Twitter. Check her out, she's the real deal. Roger may have the 17 Grand Slams, but without man's best friend at his side, can he really call himself a man?

252 – Number of Grand Slam wins Federer has achieved over his illustrious career, good for most all-time.

1:51 – The difference in time that the two have spent on the court during the Australian Open. Murray has logged in 8:56 without losing a set; Federer has logged 10:47 while losing two sets.

24 – Number of Grand Slam finals Federer has played. He is five ahead of the next closest competitor, Ivan Lendl, who played 19.

105 – Grand Slam matches won by Murray. He will tie Fred Perry for most Grand Slam matches won by a British player if he wins today.


(Photo Credit: AP)

 

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