Federer full of praise for Murray
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:35
With defending champion Rafael Nadal forced to pull out of the championships through injury, Federer and Murray are now seeded to meet each other in the final at the All England Club on July 5. And five-time Wimbledon champion Federer is wary of the threat posed by the 22-year-old Scot.
The Swiss told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “He has the double-handed back-hand, very unusual, he’s a great double-hander, he moves very well for how tall he is… He’ll be a great grass champion for the future. He’s definitely got a good chance (at Wimbledon).”
Murray is one of the few players with a winning record against Federer, leading their head-to-head clashes 6-2, including victory in their last four meetings.
Federer has won when it really matters, but reckons Murray has learned to handle dealing with pressure.
“When it came down to the crunch we’ve played two times in finals he played very well but I was able to beat him, prior to finals he’s beaten me,” said the 27-year-old.
“I don’t want to make excuses but he played me at a time when I had back problems (which) made it hard for me to call on my best performance level.
“He played me the right way and was very successful. He’s a great tactician, I like to watch him play – he’s a very tough challenge.
“I thought he handled the pressure very well last year. He also handled it in Queen’s.”