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Tracy Austin exclusive: The pressure is on Federer

   

Exclusive interview with Tracy Austin, a former world number one. Austin has told The Tennis Space that, while there are “great expectations” for Andy Murray on Centre Court, there will be much more pressure on Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final: “The pressure’s on Roger because he’s supposed to win. So Andy should be able to go out there and be relaxed – he has to look at this as a great opportunity and try to go big.” 
 
Austin on how Murray will deal with the occasion of playing his first Wimbledon final: “The crowd should help Andy Murray. I think most people will predict that Roger will win so that takes quite a lot of the pressure off Murray. He’s going to have the crowd support and that’s going to be important. I think he has to look at this as a great opportunity, and try to go big. I think he can handle the emotion and the pressure of the occasion. He’s had a few years of playing here and he puts himself in a little bubble, and he just hangs around with his entourage, doesn’t read the papers. There are great expectations for Murray, but there’s more pressure on Roger. The pressure’s on him because he’s supposed to win. So Andy should be able to go out there and be relaxed. He has to look at this as a great opportunity.”
 
Austin on what Murray has to do to defeat Federer: “Andy has to serve really well, get a lot of first serves in. He has to try to dictate. Roger is going to be really motivated, trying to win a seventh to tie Pete Sampras. I’m not sure whether a lot of us thought that he would have the chance to become number one again, but he has the chance to equal Pete Sampras’s record. It will be an excellent match. Roger played extremely well in his semi-final but Djokovic made a few more unforced errors than I expected. Andy is yet to win a set in a slam final but it’s all a new experience.”  
 
Austin on the significance of a victory for Murray: “If Andy won Wimbledon, oh my gosh, it would be one of the biggest feats in British sporting history. People in Britain have waited for so long. You’re talking 76 years without a champion.”