Federer backs Murray to succeed
Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:04
The record grand slam holder secured the 16th title of his remarkable career with a 6-3 6-4 7-6 (13/11) victory over the 22-year-old Scot under the Rod Laver Arena lights.
“He’s a wonderful mover, tactician and has a great backhand,” said Federer. “He has got everything you need to beat the best and to win big tournaments.”
He added: “Sometimes it just doesn’t happen when you want. Sometimes all of a sudden it happens without you knowing that it did.”
It was the second time Federer has beaten Murray in a grand slam final after also beating him in straight sets at the 2008 US Open.
Federer admitted he had felt for Murray who revealed the pressure he feels to win a major after he apologised in a tearful post-match speech for not being able to end Britain’s 74-year wait for a male grand slam champion.
Federer had not won a grand slam at the same age as Murray, with his first only arriving a month before his 23rd birthday at Wimbledon in 2003, and the Swiss does not think it will be long before he claims one of tennis’ most prized trophies.
He added: “He’s going through a tough generation at the moment. There’s many guys.
“I’ve dominated hard court and grass for a long time; Rafa (Nadal) did clay. Rafa also became very strong on the other surfaces.
“I think it’s just not an easy thing to do to win grand slams, but I think he’s extremely strong in his mind and I just feel like he’s got the game to do it. The question is just when.”