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Murray on Federer, Nadal and the AO final

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Andy Murray tips Nadal to become best ever tennis player - and wreck Federer's dream

ANDY MURRAY reckons Rafael Nadal could ruin Roger Federer's chances of becoming the greatest player of all time.

The Scot is on a collision course with world No.1 Nadal at the ABN/AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam this week, with the pair at opposite ends of the draw.

Nadal's epic win over Federer in the Final of the Australian Open at the beginning of this month prevented the Swiss star equalling the record of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, held by American Pete Sampras.

The 22-year-old Spaniard already has six Grand Slam trophies and Murray believes he could yet surpass the achievements of both Federer and Sampras.

Murray said: "It's possible. At the same age I think Federer had two and Nadal's got six and he's won on every surface.

"I can't see many people beating him on clay so I'm guessing he is going to have at least two or three more French Opens.

Then obviously it depends how he does in the others, but he's going to be very close.

"Nadal could go on to be the best of all time. For sure he's going to be one of the best and Federer's very close to becoming the best of all time, so there's two unbelievable players."

Murray watched the Nadal-Federer Australian Open Final on television and described it as an intriguing encounter.

The Scot said: "I thought the situation made it a great match but there were a lot of mistakes, especially in the fifth set.

"Federer didn't serve particularly well throughout the match and there were parts when Nadal looked tired and missed some shots he wouldn't normally miss but there were some incredible points.

"I thought if Nadal could win the first set it would mentally make a big difference. Because of it being Federer's possible 14th Grand Slam it was probably always going to go the wire."

Murray has beaten both Nadal and Federer this year, on his way to the title in Doha. But the strength of the two means his chances of winning Grand Slam titles and moving higher than his present ranking of four is not going to be easy.

The Scot said: "I don't know if I'll get to No.1 but I want to try to give it my best shot. Right now with Nadal and Federer it is not easy. I'm just focusing on trying to win my first Grand Slam."

Murray's first singles match in Rotterdam is against former world No.3 Ivan Ljubicic. The Croat has slipped to 48 in the rankings but boasts two wins over Murray from three previous meetings.

However, the British No.1 is ready to level the score. He said: "I feel like I'm hitting the ball well in practice, so hopefully it will be okay."

Murray will be hoping for a better result than in his first-round doubles match when he and James Auckland lost 6-3 6-4 to France's Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra.

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Re: Murray on Federer, Nadal and the AO final

Nice words to say about Nadal and Federer
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Murray won't be #1 for a while. Nadal will win French and Wimbly for many years. It all depends on his HC season.
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Re: Murray on Federer, Nadal and the AO final

Murray-Auckland losing to Clement and Llodra

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Fair enough article. As usual tone of headline doesn't reflect mood of the piece. Good interview from Andy.
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Murray-Auckland losing to Clement and Llodra
exactly. and I don't remember Murray beating Rafa in Doha this year. Unless he changed the colour of his skin for a while.

apart from that, good article
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He's much better with interviews now, much more mature.
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Rafa is like a gladiator,they never give up thats what separates him from the wannabes.
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He's much better with interviews now, much more mature.
Better than Nole, for sure.

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Nice article... thanks for sharing!

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Murray won't be #1 for a while. Nadal will win French and Wimbly for many years. It all depends on his HC season.
french, I can see, but you really think nadal will be winning wimbledon for many years?
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Murray will crush both of these clowns when they next meet, guy's just being humble.

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Re: Murray on Federer, Nadal and the AO final

If I were Murray I'd shut up and focus on my own damn game myself,especially with the clay season coming.For now looking at Murray's results he's proving to be nothing but a hard court player just like James Blake

he should NEVER be in the same sentence as Roger and Rafael,NEVER and let them go about their business winning slams

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Re: Murray on Federer, Nadal and the AO final

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If I were Murray I'd shut up and focus on my own damn game myself,especially with the clay season coming.For now looking at Murray's results he's proving to be nothing but a hard court player just like James Blake

he should NEVER be in the same sentence as Roger and Rafael,NEVER and let them go about their business winning slams
It's unavoidable putting him in the same sentence when he beats them. I mean, we have to post the results a certain way.

Murray def. Nadal 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 (US Open) is one such example.

Murray def. Federer 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 (Doha) is another.

Can you suggest an alternative?

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