Federer Whips Murray for Australian Open Crown

by John on January 31, 2010

Roger Federer proved his mettle once again. Any doubt about Federer’s hunger to add to his Grand Slam trophy trove was squelched Sunday night with a convincing 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) victory over No. 5 seed Andy Murray in the final of the Australian Open. The title was the Swiss Maestro’s record 16th major and his fourth Australian championship. Federer dropped but two sets enroute to his 22nd Grand Slam final and 18th out of the last 19. “I’m over the moon winning this again. I think I played some of my best tennis in my life these last two weeks,” Federer said. The disappointing loss brought tears to Murray’s eyes just as it did to Federer after his five-set loss to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final. “I can cry like Roger; it’s just a shame I can’t play like him,” Murray said. The Scotsman, whose record dropped to 6-5 against Federer, was playing in his second Grand Slam final and attempting to become the first Brit in 74 years to win a major. Federer drubbed Murray in the final of the 2008 U.S. Open. The Swiss star won the battle of winners 46-29, while edging Murray in aces 11-10. Federer connected on 66 percent of his first serves to 57 percent for Murray and won 31 of 43 net approaches to 14 of 23 for the Scotsman. Statistics alone, though, don’t tell the story. Federer was steady and unruffled. Murray was tight and edgy. Federer delivered in the clutch and Murray couldn’t pull the trigger when he needed to. Federer committed more unforced errors than Murray, 42 to 36, but that was because he was the aggressor. The Fed played bold and brave. Murray at times was lackluster and hesitant. “My game is not as taxing as other player’s games,” Federer said. “I also think I have a very relaxed mind when it comes to the game of tennis.” Right on, Roger. So true. As heart wrenching as the defeat was for Murray, he has nothing to feel ashamed of. Both the crowd and Federer embraced Murray’s display of emotion at the awards ceremony. “Well done for your incredible tournament; you played it fantastic,” Federer said. “You’re too good of a player not to win a Grand Slam, so don’t worry about it.” That may be the case, but for now Federer is still king.

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