Jan 232013

The BBC have announced that they will broadcast Andy Murray’s Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer on BBC Two on Friday 25 January from 8.15am.

A ruthless Andy Murray swept aside France’s Jeremy Chardy in a straight sets quarter-final win 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to secure a place in the semi-finals. Murray, the third seed, will now face Roger Federer in the last four after the world number two beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets.

Andy Murray was a finalist in Melbourne in 2010 and 2011, has yet to drop a set at this year’s event, although the US Open champion is set to face a much harder test in the last four against 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, who has reached his 10th straight Melbourne semi-final.  The match will broadcast live from the Rod Laver Arena on BBC Two at 8.15am on Friday.

BBC coverage will also be available in high definition on the BBC HD Channel and will be presented by Sue Barker with Andrew Castle and John Lloyd.

Australian Open Tennis – BBC Broadcast Schedule

Friday 25 January

8.15am – Men’s Semi Final – Andy Murray v Roger Federer – LIVE on BBC Two & BBC HD

Saturday 26 January

8.25am Women’s singles final – LIVE on BBC Two & BBC HD

Sunday 27 January

8.15am Men’s singles final – LIVE on BBC Two & BBC HD

Jan 132013

British Eurosport will be the only place to see extensive live daily coverage of the 2013 Australian Open as the BBC scales back its coverage further.

After limiting their live coverage of the Australian Open to the semi-finals and final in 2012, the BBC have reduced their TV coverage further this year with only the men’s & women’s finals scheduled for live broadcast on BBC Two. The reduction in the BBC’s coverage of the event sparked angry reaction from fans last year.

British Eurosport’s unrivalled coverage will start on Monday 14 January and include over 300 hours across both channels with live action on British Eurosport HD and British Eurosport 2 HD. Tennis fans can also catch up on the day’s play with daily and evening highlights while online viewers can access live streams from up to seven courts and comprehensive video on demand via Eurosport Player.

BBC Two’s live coverage of the men’s and women’s final will be presented by Sue Barker with Andrew Castle and John Lloyd on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 January.

Australian Open 2013 (14 – 27 January)

British Eurosport coverage

– Daily live coverage (14-27 January) throughout the tournament on British Eurosport HD, British Eurosport 2 HD & Eurosport Player from midnight daily.

– The only place to follow Andy Murray’s progress through the tournament

– Daily Eurosport Tennis Magazine ‘Game, Set & Mats’

– Daily and evening highlights

BBC TV coverage

– Live coverage of women’s and men’s single final only

– Saturday 26 January – Women’s singles final, 8:25am live on BBC Two

– Sunday 27 January- Men’s singles final, 8:15am live on BBC Two