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Henman on Federer v Roddick

Andy Roddick
Roddick is through to his third Wimbledon final, having lost in 2004 and 2005 to Federer

By Tim Henman
Former British number one

Andy Roddick goes into Sunday's Wimbledon final facing Roger Federer, a man who is playing in his seventh consecutive final and who is one win away from an historic 15th Grand Slam title.

Not only that but he has an 18-2 winning record over the American.

There is nothing Roddick can do about this and it shouldn't bother him, it should free him up.

He has had such a tough time against Federer that he should just say to himself, 'I'm not expecting to win this match', and go out there, let it all hang out and believe that he can cause an upset.

I certainly didn't see Roddick causing an upset against Andy Murray, but if he wants to do it again he has to put in a similar type of performance as he did on Friday.

I certainly didn't see Roddick causing an upset against Andy Murray, but if he wants to do it again he has to put in a similar type of performance as he did on Friday

He has to be aggressive, but patient, much like he was against Murray.

He needs to employ a similar gameplan and play in an identical fashion by getting a high percentage of first serves in and hitting the corners.

Also he could probably look to attack Federer's backhand a little bit more.

Murray has got such a good backhand that his forehand is probably the area you target, but with Federer, Roddick should do it the other way round and go for his backhand.

But there really aren't any major chinks in the Federer armoury, you've just got to try and execute your gameplan as well as you can and hope that Federer has a bit of an off day.

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Roddick has got to execute all areas. You've got to be good physically, you've got to be good mentally and you've got to execute it technically and play the big shots.

Andy needs to pull out the match of his life and I would certainly go with Federer to win.

Both players are going to be ready and raring to go as a Wimbledon final is the pinnacle of our sport and it will be great for us to watch.



Tim Henman was speaking to BBC Sport's Paul Birch.
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