Andy Murray confident after win against Roger Federer
A little confidence can go a long way, and after a recent victory against Roger Federer, Andy Murray now believes that he has the capability to go on and win that elusive first Grand Slam title.
Britain’s number one only took one hour and twenty-five minutes to beat the prolific Swiss legend 6-3 6-2, claiming the top spot at the Shanghai Master’s.
The win gave the 23-year-old his second title of the season, a season that has been up and down at best.
"I need to win tournaments like this," said Murray.
"Beating guys like Roger, beating guys like Rafa (Nadal) gives you confidence that when you do play them in the big tournaments you will beat them."
The young Scot is now notching up an impressive match history against the world number two, having beaten him on 8 out of the 13 occasions that the two have met.
Had Federer managed to beat Murray, he would have tied with world number one Rafael Nadal as the most successful of Masters 1000 title competitors.
Federer did concede that he had been beaten by a better player on the day, acknowledging Murray’s clean and powerful tennis. Though the Swiss star was characteristically quick to point out that the line judge made a mistake during the match that served to help turn the tide in the Scot’s favour.
"It was a classic bad mistake by the lines person," said Federer. "Kind of one of those moments you don't want it to happen so you don't have to defend a break point twice. That's at the end what cost me maybe the match potentially.”
Ladbrokes offer 6/4 odds that Roger Federer will go on to win one Grand Slam title during 2011, while Sky Bet and Victor Chandler set their odds at 11/8.