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ROGER Federer has backed his own chances for lifting a fourth Australian Open title while marvelling that British bookies are tipping untried Andy Murray for the trophy.

"Murray's the favourite? good for him, but it doesn't help him a lot," said the Swiss player at the presentation of the eight-man Kooyong Classic, considered the top tune-up for the grand slam starting on Monday.

But after losing twice to the Scot this month, once at an unofficial exhibition and in the Doha ATP semi-finals, Federer does give the number four player his due.

"He's put himself into a great position," said the 13-time grand slam champion who could pull level on the all-time best of 14 held by Pete Sampras with a title in Melbourne.

"He's playing well and finished well last year.

"But I'm surprised that the bookies say he's the favourite.

"He's never won a slam, it's surprising to hear."


Murray, losing US Open finalist to Federer four months ago, has come out on top in his most recent meetings against four major rivals: Rafael Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic and most recently Andy Roddick in the Doha final.

"Andy shown for a year that's he's knocking on the door," said Federer.

"He's playing with good confidence.

"But winning a slam is a different animal, not many guys have been able to do it.

"Rafa and I have taken a lot of them
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"They don't come easy, but he has a chance like many other players."

Federer will open his Kooyong campaign on Wednesday when he faces likeable Spanish veteran Carlos Moya, whom he has beaten all seven times they've met.

The rest of the opening-day lineup at the promotion-relegation special event includes former Melbourne finalist Marcos Baghdatis against Federer's Swiss Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka, Croatian Marin Cilic facing Brisbane finalist Fernando Verdasco and event veterans Ivan Ljubicic taking on Fernando Gonzalez.

Federer said he is pleased to be on full fitness and feeling good with his game after missing Kooyong a year ago with illness.

And he still feels his lengthy run of grand slam success gives him the edge.

"I have high hopes and aim to play well from the start," said the world number two.

"Of course I'm trying to beat the record of 14 from Sampras so we will see how it goes."

The Swiss player said he feel much less pressure at this stage than he did a few seasons ago.

"I felt the most (pressure) when (I) reached six or seven slam titles and everyone was expecting me to win every match I played. That's gone away and it's a relief.

"But I'm very motivated and will remain so for a long time. I just don't feel a lot of pressure now."
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Re: Federer Questions Murray favouritism

Maybe if he stopped whining and concentrated more on his tennis then Andy wouldn't be favourite for the AO
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I also like this. A lot! However, if (and that is a BIG IF) Murray wins....what is Fed gonna say?

Anyway, here hoping for him to tie Pete once and for all!

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Well Fed isn't saying Murray won't win the Australian Open but i agree with him that Andy being favourite is a bit silly as he's never won a slam before. The pressure is going to be on the Scot and thats all he's saying.
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What Federer is saying is that he only played at around 60-70% during his two previous lost against Murray. He tries in the first set, always claims it. Realising that he can win easily if he maintained the high level, he loses the match on purpose.

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What Federer is saying is that he only played at around 60-70% during his two previous lost against Murray. He tries in the first set, always claims it. Realising that he can win easily if he maintained the high level, he loses the match on purpose.
I can't tell if this is sarcasm or not....

Anyway, Federer is right. Winning a Slam is a totally different "animal" (as he put it). If Murray can tame a slam, then he has officially arrived. But is he really considered the No. 1 all-around favorite?
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Yeah I agree with Federer. Murray really shouldn't be the favourite, and I'll be very surprised if he does manage to win the tournament.

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Re: Federer Questions Murray favouritism

Fed saves the best for the slams as usual. It doesn't matter what Andy takes between them. :O

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so full of himself. bout time he breaks thru his fake surface.

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I'm a murray fan and don't beleive he should be favourite. Andy himself has said he's not the favourite.

The problem maybe is that punters are putting money on the man in form and the bookies have to react. Since Wimbledon Murray has been the most consistant player but only one of those where a slam.

However if you look at what Nole did from USO 07 to Melb 08 there is a lot to suggest Murray may well win. I have him as 2nd fave behind Fed.
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Re: Federer Questions Murray favouritism

why are the grapes so sour today? honestly, its needless for roger to say that, he already won 13 slams so its all right to let some others to be the favourites

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Typical comments from Fed, but it's okay right because he's a nice guy :retard:

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Re: Federer Questions Murray favouritism

I don't disagree with him - I find it somewhat weird that Murray is favourite, winning 250 events and winning slams are very different things. I think Murray can do it but he has to prove it first.

Roger does come off a bit petulant about these things though.
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As long as we have a real GS final like at the '05 USO without the pushing and moonballing then everyone wins.
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Re: Federer Questions Murray favouritism

Wow awesome stuff, thanks for that! Its true what he's aying about Murray winning a slam. But more importantly that he is feeling less pressure these days AND IS MOTIVATED FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. Also the fact that he was sick last year ar Kooyong, i didnt even know that. No wonder he had a bad start to the season!
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