by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Despite losing the Wimbledon title to Roger Federer last month, Andy Murray is confident he can get win this time around, when both tennis players come face to face in Sunday’s Olympic final. Murray reckons that the fact it is Federer’s first time in an Olympic final is a big boost for him.
“It’s so rare for him to be in a position where he’s trying to do something new because he’s achieved so much in tennis,” the 25-year-old Briton said. “I hope that will even things out a little bit.”
“Most times I’ve played him, he’s experienced the situations way, way more times than me.”
Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to reach his first Olympic final while Federer, who has won 17 Grand Slams, overcame Juan Martin del Potro.
The Swiss has played 107 career singles finals to Murray’s 32, winning 75 to the Briton’s 22. However, Murray has won eight of their 16 meetings.
“Playing against Roger is always tough,” Murray, who is the current world number four, said. “I’ve had some good wins against him and some tough losses. I will have learned from the Wimbledon match – I’ll look and talk with my team about that match and the tactics for going into Sunday.”
“I want to try to win. I don’t think going into matches trying to get revenge for something that’s happened in the past really helps. I think you need to try and focus on the future.
“It’s going to be a tough match. I’ll need to play great tennis to win. I hope it’s a great match because the way the semi-finals went, the tournament deserves a great final. I hope we can provide that.”