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Andy Murray celebration after reaching final

Henman: what Murray must do to beat Federer

   

Tim Henman has told The Tennis Space that Andy Murray needs to “shut it out of his mind” that he is yet to win a set in a grand slam final. “Andy has played three finals before, but he’s never won a set in a slam final before, and he’s never really got stuck into a final before, but he needs to shut that out of his mind. The start will be so important against Roger.” Henman said that it seems to be Murray’s destiny to win this Wimbledon: “I believe that it’s meant to be.” 
 
Henman on what Murray must do to defeat Roger Federer: “Andy has to keep the ball out of the middle of the court. He needs to keep the ball off Roger’s forehand. He has to play aggressively and open up the backhand. He needs to serve well, and take his opportunities. The start will be so important on Sunday. He’s never won a set in a slam final before, he’s never really got stuck into a final before. Lendl’s experience will have a part to play. Andy’s been so focused so far during this tournament, and so he’s going to have to shut that out of his mind that he hasn’t won a set yet in a slam final.”
 
Henman on Murray’s “amazing opportunity”: “Andy’s done so well. He has been so resilient. It’s another unbelievably tough task on Sunday. Federer was sensational in his semi-final. With Federer’s experience, and his game-style on grass, it’s a very difficult match. But I think Andy with his head-to-head record against Roger, and also the way his game matches up to Roger’s, I kind of believe that it’s meant to be. It’s been a long wait for a finalist and, you know, it’s a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. I think he’ll win on Sunday. I really do.” 
 
Henman on how winning on Sunday could propel Murray on to become a serial grand slam champion: “Winning Wimbledon is an achievement he’s dreamt of his whole life, and if he wins this I believe it would be the start of a few.”