While you were sleeping: Day 12

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray (above), who beat David Ferrer on Friday, is one win from becoming the first British male to win a major singles title since 1936. (AP)

Friday's weather: Sunny, high of 73 degrees.

What Happened?

Murray outlasts Ferrer. Spanish underdog David Ferrer won the first set of Friday's men's semifinal and held set point in the second, but Andy Murray rallied for a 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-1, 7-6(2) victory. The 23-year-old Scot will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final (3 a.m. ET, ESPN2).

Dulko, Pennetta win women's doubles title. The top-seeded team of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta -- they of the tandem Twitter feed -- rallied from a 2-6, 1-4 deficit to capture the Australian Open women's doubles title over Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko.

Oz Clicks

Li Na on the front page of Friday's China Daily, the English-language broadsheet based in Beijing ... How the women rescued this year's Australian Open ... Andy Murray drew a crowd for Friday's pre-match practice session ... The commercialization of the Australian Open is pricing out the average fan according to one former tournament director ... The great Linda Pearce on Li Na and the changing face of the game.

Photo of the Day

Li Na holds up her national flag for photographers at the Australian Open (from SI.com's Best Shots from Day 12 at the Australian Open).

Go Figure

7 ... Age difference in days between men's finalists Andy Murray (born May 15, 1987) and Novak Djokovic (born May 22, 1987).

330,000,000 ... Estimated number of households in China that will be able to watch Saturday's women's singles final between Li Na and Kim Clijsters.

0 ... Number of Asian players (male or female) who have won a Grand Slam singles title since the Open era began in 1968.

Must-See Video

Dive-bombing birds provided a Hitchcockian moment during the Murray-Ferrer match.

What's Happening Today

ESPN2 has live coverage of the women's final between No. 9 Li Na and No. 3 Kim Clijsters starting at 3 a.m. ET. (Clip and save the complete TV schedule.)

Tennis Channel's coverage of the men's doubles final between the top-seeded Bryan brothers and the third-seeded team of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes starts at 5:30 a.m. ET.

The complete order of play for Day 13 can be found here.

They Said It

"I would rather be in the final than be watching Roger and Rafa at home playing again."

--Andy Murray, on playing in the first Grand Slam final since January 2008 featuring neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal