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Andy Murray column: Roger Federer has never served better

Roger Federer has never served better against me than he did in Friday's match on Centre Court, and I hope he never does it again.

It was the 24th time we've played each other, and in our last match at the O2 in November I only won one game, but even then it wasn't like I was getting aced off the court and couldn't touch the ball.

At one point on Friday I looked up at the scoreboard and it was 3-2 and he'd served nine aces, and I thought, 'What's going on?' It was his best serving performance in one of our matches and not just by a little bit, by far.

Losing at Wimbledon is especially tough because I feel like it's my best surface and I get incredible support, so it's probably my best chance to win another Grand Slam.

We'll see over the next few days if it makes the disappointment easier to bear this time, but it's not like I came off the court and thought that I did something stupid or played some ridiculous shots at the wrong times. Roger just played great and deserved to win.

Obviously you go into a Wimbledon semi-final against Roger knowing the level is going to be higher, but I didn't feel like my tennis wasn't where it needed to be.

When I was in the rallies, I felt fine. The level was there. It's just that his serving was so good that I couldn't get into enough rallies to make it count.

I tried moving and changing my returning position as much as I could, and I won more than my fair share of points when he missed the first serve, he just didn't miss enough of them. I would be interested to see the ball placements of where they actually landed because it felt like they were all right on the line, or very close.

The crowd did their best to help me and I felt like they were really pumped in that long game at the end of the second set, but it was probably hard for them to get as involved as they might like throughout the match when I couldn't create any break points after the first game.

There are always moments in a defeat when you look back and think you might have done something differently, but not many this time.

Maybe in the first set, when I got broken, I came in twice on his backhand when I had the full court open into his forehand. I felt like I could have hit those forehands to a different spot on the court, but he came up with some great passes.

But it was pretty clear to me what the problem was and the stats that flashed up on the scoreboard at the changeovers confirmed it.

They only have the basic information like first-serve percentage, first-serve points won, second-serve points won, but it was clear that the difference in the match was his first serve. We both won about the same amount of points on each other's second serve up until the last game.

I served very well for most of the match but he just won a few more of my first-serve points and I couldn't win enough of his. It's a shame it had to happen in such a big match.

The next few days will be difficult but I have Britain's Davis Cup tie against France at Queen's Club to focus on next week and, while it's hard to imagine it now, I know that I'll be as pumped as ever once I get back out on court - I love representing my country and playing Davis Cup.

In the meantime, my brother Jamie and John Peers play in the Wimbledon men's doubles final on Saturday and a win for them would help me get over my own disappointment, for sure - although it's not their job to worry about me.

It's hard to explain but Jamie and I have left each other alone during the tournament.

If we were playing in the same team, it's different, but there will be a lot of people getting excited around Jamie and I'll just wish him luck and let him be.

He's got a good team of people around him and they'll give him the right advice I'm sure.

I'd just like to thank everyone for all their support, sorry it didn't happen this time but I will be back.
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/33490190

Pretty much confirms everything that has been said, he was close to his best but Federer was unplayable.
 

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Sorry Andy. Wasn't your day. But as always, it's how you bounce back from this loss that will define the rest of the season for you. Easy for us to say I'm sure...but you've been through all this before.
 

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http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/33490190
Maybe in the first set, when I got broken, I came in twice on his backhand when I had the full court open into his forehand. I felt like I could have hit those forehands to a different spot on the court, but he came up with some great passes.

I'm glad he feels that way. The court was wide open to the forehand side, and this happened less obviously in quite a few points. He didn't hit any backhands DTL. He ripped a few cross-court, but Roger was "cheating" to that side of the court quite a bit, and his backhand was anyway very solid.

Overall, it probably wouldn't have changed the result, but still.
 

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Not much you can do when your opponent has one of the best serving days in his career. He needs to concentrate on doing well in Canada and Cinci to get the number 2 seed for the US Open.
 

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I'm glad he feels that way. The court was wide open to the forehand side, and this happened less obviously in quite a few points. He didn't hit any backhands DTL. He ripped a few cross-court, but Roger was "cheating" to that side of the court quite a bit, and his backhand was anyway very solid.

Overall, it probably wouldn't have changed the result, but still.
For sure he was expecting Roger's backhand to break down.

It didn't and hit winners and passes. This was key for all the breaks.

U know Fed is unplayable when his backhand is working.
 

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Does Murray like to check the match stats after every match he plays?
 

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Nice little thesis, good perspective
 

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Jup, there wasnothing he could do...
 

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That was a decent summary. Played well but federer played better. I hope he does get over the disappointment and makes a decent run at the tail end of the year.

I did think that he would get a read on Feds serve by the 2nd or 3rd but that wasn't possible. Not much can be done about that now.

What's funny though is that if he had a SF of gasquet it's quite likely that his column would be "thanks for the support everyone - see you on Sunday!". You win some you lose some.
 

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I agree with what he says about his match with Federer, just typical hold your hands up honesty "just too good" sums it up.

However, I don't agree that Wimbledon is his best chance to win slams. He has far too much pressure from media it's like a pressure cooker despite winning it already. He's good on grass and if Wimbledon was outside of the U.K then sure. He also puts too much stress on himself to perform and I think it's just too much to handle.

I think his best chance of slams is actually the AO and the USO. If it wasn't for Novak, he would probably have 2-3 AO titles by now. And the USO courts suit his game better.
 

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certainly could have made a better inside out FH at MP

apart from that, when JesusFed plays, people watch and admire, it is what it is.
 

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I wonder what's more frustrating for him: Being whole match outserved and losing the crucial points as yesterday or winning 1 set, being better in the second, losing it because of 2 great points of your opponent and then being outplayed even from the baseline. I'd more pissed by yesterday's match, Federer had one of his best days of the last 3 years and possibly his best serving day, in 2012 he had played much better from the baseline and the loss was more warranted. Still, hats off to Fed, in every of his 5 wins over Andy at slams he played magnificent tennis. I'm just happy how the year has gone for him so far, but it's a shame that he didn't use any of his chances. Maybe a repeat of 2012? Djokovic, Wawrinka instead of Nadal, Federer, Murray. Top 4 winning 1 slam each?
 

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That was a decent summary. Played well but federer played better. I hope he does get over the disappointment and makes a decent run at the tail end of the year.

I did think that he would get a read on Feds serve by the 2nd or 3rd but that wasn't possible. Not much can be done about that now.

What's funny though is that if he had a SF of gasquet it's quite likely that his column would be "thanks for the support everyone - see you on Sunday!". You win some you lose some.
That's an understatement :lol:
 

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What can you do? You win some, you lose some. Roger ran into that in the QFs vs the Stanimal.
 

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Federer has never served better against me than he did in Friday's match on Centre Court, and I hope he never does it again.
Only Loosers thinks like this.

Pretty dumb interview to be honest.
 

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What can you do? You win some, you lose some. Roger ran into that in the QFs vs the Stanimal.
sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains

well done by Murray. he understand that his game is there, he just needs to keep his head above water, and will be fine for NA tourney, and will have another shot at USO
 
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