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Andy Murray may carry the hopes of a nation today but there is plenty at stake for Roger Federer too

Updated: Sunday, 08 Jul 2012 15:44 | Comments

There is a lot on the line for Andy Murray and Roger Federer this afternoon
There is a lot on the line for Andy Murray and Roger Federer this afternoon

Andy Murray may be carrying the hopes of a nation in today's Wimbledon final but there is plenty at stake for Roger Federer, too.

The Swiss has probably lost count of how many times his demise has been charted, and the debate about whether he can win another grand slam title has raged ever since he beat Murray in the 2010 Australian Open final.

In that two-and-a-half years he reached only one more grand slam final, losing to Rafael Nadal at the French Open last year, as the Spaniard and Novak Djokovic took a stranglehold on the majors.

But if he ends that long wait today, he will equal Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles, extend his own record to 17 grand slam titles, and reclaim the world number one spot he last held in May 2010.

Federer said: "Of course there's a lot on the line for me. I'm not denying that. I have a lot of pressure. I'm looking forward to that. That's what I work hard for.

"I've worked extremely hard since I lost that match point against Novak last year at the US Open."

Federer added: "My run has been extremely good. Now I have a chance at world number one and at the title again all at once.

"So it's a big match for me and I hope I can keep my nerves. I'm sure I can. Then hopefully win the match."

Federer has very much had to play third fiddle behind Djokovic and Nadal, losing to one or other at six of the last seven slam tournaments.

Djokovic in particular has had Federer's number recently, beating him in successive US Open semi-finals from match point down, so it was a big moment for the 30-year-old when he ended the Serbian's run as Wimbledon champion.

Federer quickly turned his attention to the final, though, saying with a smile: "I'm aware that the tournament's not over yet.

"I didn't break down crying and fall to my knees and thought the tournament is over and I achieved everything I ever wanted.

"Honestly, it happens faster than you think it does. Then all of a sudden you come out the next match and you're not the same anymore because you're emotionally too drained already and you think it's been a great tournament.

"I know it's been a great tournament, but we'll assess that once the tournament is over. Right now I want to try to play the best possible final I can."

While Federer has been frustrated in the grand slams in recent months, he has certainly not been short of silverware, picking up seven ATP World Tour titles since last year's US Open.

He hopes he can show that form again today, when he will be taking on both Murray and most of the Centre Court crowd.

Federer said: "I've played a lot of tennis lately. I'm maybe the guy with most matches played this year, so it's not like I've been on the sidelines. I think that helps in building confidence and momentum.

"Obviously you want it to pay off in the big matches against the best of the players. It didn't happen for me at the French Open unfortunately, but it was a tough tournament overall for me.

"Obviously I'd love to win the title. I have one more match to go. Still it's always nice beating someone like Novak, who has done so well here the last couple of years."

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