Pressure on Federer in Wimbledon final says Murray

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Andy MurrayFourth seed Andy Murray believes he can confound the British public's expectations and beat six-time champion Roger Federer to win an historic Wimbledon final. Victory for Murray (7/4 to win the match) tomorrow would end a 76-year wait for a British successor to Fred Perry as Wimbledon men's champion.


Murray who is appearing in his fourth Grand Slam Final said "I'm probably not expected to win the match, but it is one that, if I play well, I'm capable of winning. His record here has been incredible, so the pressure will be less on me because of who he is."


Despite enjoying an 8-7 lead over Federer (8/15 to win the first set) in their total previous meetings, the Swiss won in straight sets in the finals of the 2008 US Open and 2010 Australian Open in their only Grand Slam encounters. Federer (2/1 to win in straight sets) has lost only once in seven Wimbledon finals - in a superb five-set battle against Rafael Nadal in 2008 - and, like Murray, is in search of his own piece of history.


The 16-time Grand Slam champion (11/8 -4.5 Games Handicap) is within one triumph of matching Pete Sampras' open-era record of seven Wimbledon men's singles titles, and will also return to the top of the rankings to surpass the American's record for total weeks at world number one - 286 weeks.

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