Murray ready for Federer


Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:03

The 22-year-old is well aware that it represents a rematch of the 2008 US Open final when he beat Murray in straight sets. Murray produced an anxious display that day, in his first major final, and has vowed to enjoy the occasion to rid himself of nerves.

“I was obviously nervous, as everyone is going to be,” Murray said, reflecting back on the US Open final. “When you look back at the US Open final, definitely when I look back at it, I will have enjoyed the experiences.”

He added: “It is a huge low if you don’t win, but I can imagine the high that you feel when you win a grand slam is incredible.

“So I’ll try and enjoy it as best as I can. I’m sure, regardless of the result, when I look back in two, three, four years’ time I definitely will have enjoyed it.”

Murray said he would also be in top physical condition, despite feeling for his back on a couple of occasions during his four-set win over Marin Cilic in his semi-final on Thursday.

With three days between that match and tomorrow’s final Murray believes the stiffness he has suffered in his back all tournament will not hinder him.

“Even at the start of the tournament, my back has just been stiff,” he said. “The courts, they’re just really sticky. With it being only the first, second tournament of the year you expect to have little niggles.

“I’m sure a lot of the other players do as well because the season is so long, we don’t have a whole lot of time off.

“It’s not going to be a problem in the final. It’s just a little bit stiff.”


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