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US Open final - Murray v Federer

by Caroline Cheese (U1647853) 08 September 2008
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Britain's Andy Murray faces world number two Roger Federer in the US Open final at 2200 BST today. I'm still not sure what sounds stranger: Federer as the world number two or a British player in a Grand Slam final.

For both men, it is a potentially career-defining match. Murray can capture the major title that has eluded British men since Fred Perry lifted the US Open trophy 72 years ago. Federer can make it five in a row in New York, and in doing so prove to his doubters that the king is very far from dead.

"He's probably the greatest player ever. To get a chance to play him in a Grand Slam final is an honour," said Murray after sweeping aside world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

Don't be fooled. Murray may be in awe of Federer's achievements, but the Scot is not afraid of big names. Never has been.

He pushed Federer close in Bangkok back in 2005 when Murray was playing his first Tour level final at the age of just 18 and he hasn't lost to the Swiss maestro since, winning their encounters in Cincinnati in 2007 and Dubai earlier this season.

As he has said himself, Murray rarely blows his opponents away (although Stanislas Wawrinka may disagree). He mixes up the pace, he dares to go for the unexpected rather than the obvious, he messes with his opponent's mind.

According to the stats, Nadal made 40 unforced errors in the semi-final, a catastrophic amount for the famously stingy Spaniard, but unforced? Murray, and many of those who were watching, would no doubt disagree. In the final, Federer's forehand - which has been unreliable all season - will be under intense scrutiny.

Nonetheless, John McEnroe probably isn't alone in tipping Federer to beat Murray. This, after all, is the Briton's first major final, and Federer's 17th. The world number two has not experienced defeat at Flushing Meadows since 2003, a run of 33 matches. He has lost one Grand Slam final outside Roland Garros, and won 12. He also looked back to his mind-blowing best in a four-set semi-final win over Novak Djokovic - which included a quite astounding lob-smash, yes lob-smash, from the baseline which has to be seen to be believed (check out a video-sharing website near you).

You can follow all the build-up and action here:
news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/ten...

It is unquestionably a final to be savoured - so who's your money on?

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posted Sep 9, 2008

Andy you did Scotland proud. All us expats were routing for you. You had to play 3 days in a row, which Federer did not and you beat the #1 Nadal on Sunday. Your time is coming, so proud to be a Scot like yourself!!!!!!!!!

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comment by Sarah (U4358239)

posted Sep 9, 2008

Good on Fed, I say. I'm not his biggest fan but wanted him to win tonight to get some of that magic back. If I'm being honest I would have liked more of a contest than Andy Murray gave him.

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posted Sep 9, 2008

Murray ruined my day.

I'd waited all day for that and it was as wet as a Scottish pie!

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posted Sep 9, 2008

ANDY MURRAY IS THE ULTIMATE CHOKER AND HE PROVED THAT LAST NIGHT!!

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posted Sep 9, 2008

now don't be silly, Goo Goo ...

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comment by Harry (U1666088)

posted Sep 9, 2008

As predicted by myself! <smiley>

Straight sets win for Federer! Too experienced, too strong.

Murray was simply outclassed in all departments.

Federer made Murray look very ordinary, he actually made him look like a boy.

Murray is a baseline player, to beat Murray you either come to the net, or get your serves in, which is what Federer did. If you get into a rallying battle with Murray, the chances are he will win the point.

In my life time watching Tennis, I have to say that Federer is the most consistent I've ever seen. The man is a machine, it's good that he's recovered and found his form again.

Well done Federer.

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posted Sep 9, 2008

GooGoo - stupid name, stupid person!

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posted Sep 9, 2008

how can fed become world number 1 again

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posted Sep 9, 2008

Murray stood no chance against Federer in the end, he was too tired after the Nadal match to even make it a contest.

Never mind; Andy's Scottish again now until his next final.

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posted Sep 9, 2008

The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause. ~Baltasar Gracian

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