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Semifinal showdowns at Australian Open

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Andy Murray taking on Marin Cilic of Croatia in first men's semifinal at Australian Open
  • World number one Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga play in second semi on Friday
  • Serena Williams and Justine Henin reached women's final with earlier victories on Thursday

(CNN) -- Men's semifinals: Andy Murray of Great Britain came from a set down to see off the bold challenge of Croatian outsider Marin Cilic to reach the final of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Murray fought back for a 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory on the Rod Laver Arena and will now play either world number one Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday's final.

Cilic had shocked U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Roddick on his way to his first grand slam semifinal and continued his momentum into the clash with Murray as he took the opening set with a single break.

But Scot Murray clawed his way back to take the second and third sets and upped his play in the fourth, breaking the 21-year-old Croatian twice before claiming victory on his first match point. It will be his second grand slam final, having lost to Roger Federer in the final on the 2008 U.S. Open.

Federer and Tsonga of France will play the second semifinal on Friday.

Women's semifinals: Serena Williams and Justine Henin powered into Saturday's final with contrasting straight sets victories against Chinese opposition.

Top seed and defending champion Williams was taken to two tiebreak sets by Li Na before winning 7-6 7-6 while Henin continued her dream comeback to tennis with a 6-1 6-0 win over Zheng Jie.

Williams will be bidding for her 12th grand slam title in the final with Henin, back after a 20-month break, looking for her eighth.