Andy Murray gave his support to his fallen rival Roger Federer who was stunned today in four sets by Andreas Seppi in the third round of the Australian Open. Murray, who’s lost to Federer in the final and in the quarterfinals last year, says he thinks the Swiss even at 33 can win Grand Slams.
“If I had to bet, I would probably bet that he would win another one,” Murray said of Federer’s chances. “He’s obviously played great tennis at Wimbledon last year. I played him here last year and he was playing very, very well. Obviously I had an interesting experience against him at the end of the year at the O2. And, yeah, he’s still playing great tennis.
“But, like I said, I mean, Roger knows more than anyone how difficult these competitions are to win. And I think obviously when he was playing at his peak, he made it look extremely easy, but it’s not. It’s not an easy thing to do. And, yeah, if he had an off day today, then, yeah, you can easily lose against guys, you know, that are in the top 100 in the world. They’re all very, very good players. But, yeah, Roger was one of the favorites at the start of the event. Obviously the way he played in Brisbane and finished last year, he’s definitely still got chances to win Grand Slams.”
Murray advanced to the fourth round today without dropping a set following a straight set win over Joao Sousa. He now faces the Federer clone Grigor Dimitrov.
“It will be a tough match obviously,” said Murray. “He’s played well in the slams the last year or so. Yeah, he’s obviously a talented player. You know, he’s one of the young guys trying to make a breakthrough, so he’ll be motivated. Hopefully I can play a good match and make it tough for him.”
Murray also expanded on his tweet about the double standard he gets in the press. When other players play in pain they get praised, when he does like he did in a US Open win over Robin Haase last year they say he’s faking.
“That was I thought pretty unfair last year in New York because I was in quite a lot of pain in that match,” he said. “Being told that I need to see a psychologist because of it I felt was a little bit unfair. I didn’t hear anyone calling for Rafa to see a psychologist the other night.”
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