Murray: Pressure is on Roger

2012-07-07 20:31

Wimbledon - Preparing for what could be the defining moment of his career, Andy Murray believes he will be under less pressure in the Wimbledon final on Sunday because he is playing 16-times grand slam champion Roger Federer.

The majority of the 15 000 fans with a golden ticket for Sunday's final, not to mention the millions glued to television screens around the country, will be willing Murray to become the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men's singles for 76 years.

Swiss maestro Federer, who boasts a global army of admirers, will be chasing a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon crown and a return to the top spot in the ATP rankings.

It looks a dream scenario and Murray, the first British man to reach the final since Bunny Austin in 1938, said he is glad it is Federer facing him over the net.

"It's a great challenge, one where I'm probably not expected to win the match, but one that if I play well, I'm capable of winning," Murray said.

"There will be less pressure on me on Sunday because of who he is."

Federer, who will reach another couple of landmarks if he beats Murray, equalling the seven men's singles titles of Pete Sampras as well as the 286 weeks the American spent at world No 1, produced a brilliant performance to beat 2011 champion Novak Djokovic and reach his eighth Wimbledon final.

After falling in the quarterfinals in the last two years, Federer said it was good to be back on the stage he is graced on the final Sunday for much of the past decade.

"All I hoped for was a good match from me, to be quite honest, to give myself a chance to be in the finals and have a shot at the trophy again really," Federer said.

"I missed being in the finals here the last couple years obviously."

Federer said losing in the quarterfinals last year to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after being two sets up had been tough to take.

"I played so well against Tsonga it was a hard one to sort of accept to lose. You have to wait another year for your chance, and now I am finally back in that final. So it's great."

Murray enjoys an 8-7 lead over Federer in their previous meetings but the Swiss beat him in straight sets in the 2008 US Open and 2010 Australian Open finals and the Briton is under no illusions about the size of the task facing him as he tries to win a maiden major title.

"He's obviously one of the greatest players ever to have played," said fourth seed Murray who beat Tsonga in a gripping four-set semifinal.

"I'd be surprised if he wasn't the best in terms of his win/loss ratio here.

"He's been doing it consistently over a number of years. The matches he has lost the last couple of years was five sets against Tsonga, five sets against Berdych, five sets against Rafa. He's very, very tough to beat here."

Federer, 30, has lost only once in seven Wimbledon finals, an epic five-set battle against Rafa Nadal in 2008, and he is excited by the prospect of playing home favourite Murray.

"He's only going to get better as time goes by. That's what he's been proving," Federer said. "He's actually handled it very well from what I've seen from afar.

"I always say in whatever country I am I like to play the local hero and Andy is exactly that here at Wimbledon.

"I hope I have some crowd support, but it's not the most important thing right now."


  • khokhiejustin.dubazana - 2012-07-07 22:09

    no story here,its a walkover 4 Roger

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-08 03:49

      Yip , agree 200% :)

  • Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-07-08 00:22

    well done Murray the British Player, before this achievement you where a Scottish Player...WOW what a promotion!!!!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-08 00:35

      yes and after tomorrow lost he will be Scottish again and not British... Quite Sad... English for you(spit)..

      akaRags - 2012-07-08 02:34

      Once upon a time, hundreds of years ago, \mud island\ was made of a number of tribal regions, who often fought each other ie the Welsh, the Scots, the English and Ireland if you want to count them in too. However, this IS 2012 and if you are not too sure, just to let you know, Scotland is NOT a separate COUNTRY, it is part of GREAT BRITAIN and thus Murray IS a BRITISH CITIZEN. Oh yes, he has his Scottish roots, and I'm sure is proud of them and will no doubt wear a kilt when he gets married one day, but today he IS playing for BRITAIN, as a whole, not just for the Scottish tribe. Bit like saying I must be Zulu but not South African.

      Siyabonga Margqarmzorh Masondo - 2012-07-08 09:01

      lol thats human nature, if u remember during d world cup, when only one african country was left in the tournament, Ghana, became Baghana Baghana, cos we had to associate them with us

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-08 09:31

      akaRags, in Tennis and Olympics its Britain. All other sports I know countries called England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland so your little tribal example there doesn't wash. Actually its like calling you British one day when we all know all you have been is South African.(Or is it the other way?)

      goldwright - 2012-07-09 09:45

      Each to their own, - but like it or not, Scotland is part of the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland", so Murray is a Brit. Yes, Murray is a proud Scotsman (obviously fed up with being ragged about being a Brit when he wins and a Scot when he looses) and there is nothing wrong with that. People are all proud of their specific heritages, - but it is still "tribal" as far as I'm concerned; the four regions of the United Kingdom of Great Britain can't unite & pull together, when one of their own makes it to the final of Wimbledon after 70+ years, and they still haggle over wether or not he is a Brit or not. He is BOTH and that is how it is. IF one day Scotland cedes from GB, then fair enough he will ONLY be Scottish, but for now he IS both. Deal with it.

  • tmmagauteng - 2012-07-08 01:00

    Dis de most perfect script, London Olympics, a British guy won in doubles,

  • Dakey - 2012-07-08 01:45

    Murray knows there is A LOT of pressure on him to win. Saying anything else... rubbish.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-08 03:50

      That pussy can`t handle it !!! Maybe I`m wrong , lol

  • MichaelThekiso - 2012-07-08 03:48

    Murray is just playing mind games. Having won 16 Grand Slams already, Roger knows the feeling of winning and Murry does not. The pressure is on Murray to win, not Roger. Being an ardent supporter of Roger, I am not so sure about the results of this final. It is Murray's hunger against Roger's experience. It is a tough one to call.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-07-08 09:28

      But, can we not have a new champion at least? I also think your man will win easily. Ivan Lendl is Murray's coach. He will be living his dream of winning Wimbledon through Murray now.

  • nishok.mahabeer - 2012-07-08 07:50

    Fed Express to win in 4sets.

  • selma.botha.9 - 2012-07-08 12:30

    Go Roger! Should Murray pull off a surprise win he should share the prize money with Rosol.

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