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Becker and Henman on Australian Open final


Boris Becker and Tim Henman on Andy Murray's defeat

Tim Henman
Tim Henman
Former British number one

For me, the most key points were during the second and third sets, when Andy Murray had opportunities in rallies at certain stages.

We were urging him to take the ball on and move forward, but instead there was slight hesitation and that's all Roger Federer needs.

He gets back in the rally and any opportunity he gets, he just says 'I trust my forehand, I'm going for it'.

Roger Federer in action
Federer has so many amazing records, but to make 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals, for me, is the one that stands out

Tim Henman

Andy has been so much more aggressive in this tournament, but his performance in the final highlights that he still has to take his controlled aggression to another level.

But you also have to remember Andy has lost two Grand Slam finals against the greatest player in history.

For the second half of the first set and during the second Federer put on a clinic. The quality and consistency of his play, the sheer number of winners he hit - there's not a lot Andy could have done.

You get so few chances against Federer. If Andy was up against a lesser player, he would probably get a few more breaks.

But if you wait too long against Federer, he will unleash one of his big forehands which have been so effective for him over the years.

There are so many people that sit and watch and doubt Roger's motivation as he continues to set these records. It's a brave person to write him off given his level of consistency at Grand Slams.

He has so many amazing records, but to make 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals, for me, is the one that stands out.

The next person on that list is Ivan Lendl, who had 10 semis in a row - and he was a phenomenal athlete. It will be a big challenge to defend his title at the French Open on his least favourite surface.

However, if he remains fit and healthy, I see no reason why he can't continue for a good few years. He's 28 and you would like to think there are another 12 Grand Slam opportunities for him.

As for Andy, he knows he needs to keep his head down and keep improving.

He's very single-minded, he has a very strong belief in the way he needs to play, the things he needs to do. I don't think we should be pressing the alarm bells just yet.

Boris Becker
Boris Becker
Six-time Grand Slam champion

Andy Murray does have the mental toughness to win a Grand Slam - or more.

The more often he gets to a semi or a final and doesn't win, I think the media over here is going to put even more pressure on him. I think we should all relax a little bit.

The guy did amazing. There isn't another player in sight from this country who can do what he did.

Andy Murray
Murray needs to dominate more rallies, according to Becker

But when he was serving for the third set, those are the opportunities you have to make to beat Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final - you don't get many opportunities in the whole match.

Andy still sometimes expects opponents to lose finals, that doesn't happen, especially against Federer.

Of the few chances he has, he needs to be more aggressive but that's not his natural game. He likes to wait behind the baseline and wait for his opponent to make the initiative. He needs to work on that part of his game.

He will have a sleepless night thinking about the five set points he had in the third set, but overall he should be happy with his performance.

At this point in his career he has to accept he was defeated by the better player.

While the final was two hours and 40 minutes, it wasn't a grinding five-setter where you have to physically recover for two weeks.

He looked as if he was ready to go again next week.

Tim Henman and Boris Becker were speaking to Sue Barker on BBC1 after the final

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