For all the rivalry that occurs between them tennis’ Big Four are a caring bunch, as proved by current world number 3 Roger Federer’s recent support of Andy Murray.
Federer, who has himself had a breezy start to the Wimbledon Championships following a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Albert Ramos yesterday, said that he hopes and expects to see Murray in the semi finals of the grass court slam this year despite his tough draw – “I think he wants to first get through the first round, like all of us, but absolutely I predict him to get there”.
This year has landed Murray with a difficult t quarter draw indeed, today he faces the troublesome Nikolay Davydenko in his first match and it’s not going to get easier for him as the tournament progresses. Federer is positive for the Brit hopeful however, believing his “home-court advantage, playing on grass, with his talent and his game” will be enough for him to get through to the final rounds and that it’s up to Murray to simply pull it all off.
Federer, who is the most successful male player out of the top four with 16 Grand Slam titles to his name, has not had many meetings on court with Murray in recent years which he attributes to their 3rd and 4th positions in the ATP rankings. This no doubt contributes to the Swiss’s positive attitude about Murray, as it’s hard to see him being so supportive about his top rival Nadal, but the ever-gracious pro knows just how much this particular tournament means to his fellow tennis players. – “Wimbledon is absolutely special, because you do realises the moment you walk onto the court that it is a different place here…the whole thing is very much focused on the players and on the sport which is beautiful.”
As Federer joins the list of pros and tennis legends backing Andy Murray to progress through Wimbledon, maybe this encouragement and support will be enough to spur him on to finally reaching his goal of winning g the men’s singles title.