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Henman backs Murray for US glory

US OPEN FINAL: Andy Murray (6) v Roger Federer (2)
Venue: Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows
Date: Monday, 8 September Begins: 2200 BST
Coverage: Live on Sky Sports 1; BBC Radio 5 Live (Jonathan Overend will co-present 5 Live Sport from New York, with all the build-up and live commentary); BBC Radio Scotland (92-95 FM); text commentary on BBC Sport website (with 5 Live audio for UK users)



Andy Murray
Murray produced a thrilling performance to win his semi-final

Former British number one Tim Henman believes Andy Murray has every chance of upsetting Roger Federer in Monday's US Open final.

The Swiss star is looking for five titles in a row at Flushing Meadows, while this is a first Grand Slam final for the 21-year-old Scot.

"As Andy said, there's no point stopping now and I really think he can win it," Henman told BBC Sport.

"It's going to be a fascinating match and Andy's got nothing to lose."

Murray reached the final with a thrilling victory over world number one Rafael Nadal and has an encouraging 2-1 career record against Federer.

"I don't think the head-to-head has much impact on the match," added Henman.

"But what I would say is that Andy's playing style matches up well against Federer.

"If they're going to be trading backhands cross-court then Andy's got a backhand as good as anyone in the game right now.

"Federer has some amazing attacking attributes but the way Andy's moving just now means he can play some strong defence and, if he can get on the attack, he can really do some damage."

Murray had lost his previous five meetings with Nadal, including a quarter-final drubbing at Wimbledon this year.

But the Scot found top gear on his favourite surface to overcome the reigning Olympic, Wimbledon and French Open champion.

"The court is much quicker in New York and the balls are faster," explained Henman.

"At Wimbledon the conditions are so much slower and heavier and with Nadal's power it is very difficult to counteract that. If you leave the ball in the middle of the court he can punish you so easily.

"But Andy go his game-plan absolutely spot on.

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"He was able to respond to Nadal's big hitting and when the opportunity came to step in and be aggressive he took it.

"He was serving at 65%, with over 20 aces. It was the best performance I've ever seen from him."

Federer is looking for his 13th Grand Slam success but Murray's relative inexperience should not count against him, according to Henman.

"At 21, he's young but you've got to bracket him with Nadal and Novak Djokovic and they're a similar age.

"What they've achieved is amazing - Nadal has won five Slams and Djokovic has won in Australia.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Murray can join that group.

"He's got the belief to do it and, if he plays they way he did against Nadal, he's got a chance of beating Federer."



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Murray stuns Nadal to reach final
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Murray v Nadal photos
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Murray v Nadal as it happened
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Federer too strong for Djokovic
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Superb Murray overcomes Federer
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Brilliant Murray outplays Federer
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Federer outguns impressive Murray
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Tennis on the BBC
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