Andy Murray not afraid of Roger Federer

January 14th, 2009 - 10:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Roger FedererLondon, Jan 14 (IANS) Swiss Champion Roger Federer, who questioned the favourite tag of Andy Murray in the Australian Open, got one back from the Scot Wednesday who said the 13-time Grand Slam champion no longer strikes fear in his heart.Federer had Tuesday expressed surprise at the 21-year-old Murray being rated above world number one Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the eyes of the bookmakers.

Murray has overwhelmed the Swiss maestro twice this year to better his overall record to 5-2.

“The more you play against him (Federer), the less fearful you are, you’re not scared to win the match. If you’re young and you play against the top guys, once you get close to winning you get nervous. Now, when I play him, I don’t get nervous and if I play my best tennis I can beat him,” Murray was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph.

Murray is Britain’s best hope to end its Grand Slam drought and has been rated as the bookies joint-favourite to win the Australian Open.

Murray says he is not paying too much attention to the bookies ratings.

“It doesn’t make any difference whether people expect you to win or not,” he said. “It doesn’t change my mentality. The older you get, the more matches you play, you realise what the bookies are saying doesn’t make any difference once you get on court.”

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