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Murray can dominate grand slams - Federer

ESPN staff
November 19, 2010
Roger Federer has backed Andy Murray to break his grand slam duck © Getty Images

Roger Federer has tipped Andy Murray to dominate grand slams in the near future, and expects the floodgates to open when the Scot finally breaks his duck.

With 16 grand slam titles in his trophy cabinet Federer knows what it takes to win major tournaments, and while Murray continues his elusive hunt for his first grand slam crown, Federer believes Murray has the game to win multiple titles.

"If Murray wins a first grand slam title, that could possibly open the floodgates," Federer said in the Daily Telegraph, "And he could start dominating and winning slams, but I guess you just never know until he does it.

"It's important that you believe that you can do it, and Murray clearly has the game to do it, as otherwise he wouldn't have a winning record against me or so many titles already."

With eight wins from 13 meetings against the Swiss, Murray boasts one of the best records against Federer, although Federer has dominated the best-of-five set matches at grand slams. The pair will meet in the group stages of the ATP World Tour Finals in London next week, but Federer, who has lost their last two meetings, does not feel the Scot holds any psychological advantage.

"I never really thought about it from that perspective about having a psychological advantage," Federer said."All I know is that I have more experience than him. He has the benefit of being younger, and he's more, let's say, fit or whatever you want to call it. Or dangerous.

"He has very strong things on his side, and I have very strong things on my side, and that's why these days when we play each other it comes down to who has the better day. I don't feel as though necessarily he or I have an advantage over the other. I just think he's become a really good player."

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