Murray has no complaints

  • Last Updated: January 24 2013, 6:26 GMT

Andy Murray has rubbished suggestions he is unhappy with the scheduling at the Australian Open as he prepares to play his first match under lights at this year's event.

Andy Murray: Getting in practice under lights
Andy Murray: Getting in practice under lights

Murray will meet Roger Federer in the semi-finals on Friday, with the match taking place in the evening at Melbourne.

There were claims the Murray camp felt that gave the Swiss star an unfair advantage with Federer having played four of his five matches during the night session, but the world number three accepted it was difficult to please everyone at a grand slam.

"The scheduling for me is part and parcel of playing in any tennis tournament," said Murray, who beat Jeremy Chardy to reach the last four.

"It's tough to make the schedule perfect for every single player."

Having barely been tested against Frenchman Chardy, Murray returned to the court on Thursday night to practise on Hisense Arena - the second show court at Melbourne Park - under the watchful eye of coach Ivan Lendl.

"I'll do the same tomorrow," he said.

"It's purely for the lights. I played a couple of matches in the evening in Brisbane but it's slightly different there as well because there's a roof."

The Murray-Chardy match was played in the afternoon with Federer's clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga taking top billing a few hours later.

And the Scot admits he would have made the same call if he was in charge.

"If I was the tournament director I would also have put Federer against Tsonga on as the night match because it's the best match of the day," he said.

"So I have no complaints about the schedule at all and I didn't complain about it the other day.

"I was asked a question about the schedule and I said that sometimes it works in your favour and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes you have to make adjustments."

Murray has not dropped a set in Melbourne so far and that record rarely looked like changing against Chardy.

The US Open champion, who is looking to become the first man in the Open era to back up his first grand slam title by also winning the next major, cruised to a 6-4 6-1 6-2 win in one hour and 51 minutes.

Despite his smooth progress, Murray insists he will not go into Friday's match undercooked.

"I played a lot of tennis in December and had some good matches in Brisbane," he said.

"So I can't be disappointed about being in the semis of a slam without dropping a set - that would be silly."

Federer advanced to a repeat of last year's Wimbledon and Olympic finals by beating Tsonga 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-3.


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