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Federer vs. Murray: Loss Will Not Motivate Murray to Win US Open

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after being defeated in his Gentlemen's Singles final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2012

Andy Murray tasted the bitter zest of defeat yet again on Sunday. Murray had the weight of a nation on him as he tried to become Great Britain's first Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry in 1936.

The history behind the occasion couldn't inspire a superhuman effort from Murray against Roger Federer. He lost to Federer for the fifth straight time. It was also his fourth loss in a Grand Slam title match.

You would think all of that would motivate Murray for the US Open, but he still won't win the championship. He got to the final of the event in 2008, but he hasn't reached that far since. Murray will probably have to go through five-time winner Roger Federer and defending champion Novak Djokovic if he wants to get there this year.

The moment always seems a little too big for Murray. He's a great player with a solid all-around game, but Federer dominated him at times. There's no reason to think he will be able to avoid that same fate in the US Open in August.

Djokovic has beaten Murray in eight of their 13 meetings. Djoker is the better player, and he won at Arthur Ashe Stadium last year. His deadly return game overwhelms opponents on the hard-court surface. It's hard to see Murray overcoming that.

Before the US Open, Murray will play for Great Britain in the Summer Olympics. He is expected to have a good showing there, but the US Open is more doubtful. He is coming off a tough loss, and this court has not been kind to him in recent years.

Rafael Nadal will come back with a vengeance after getting upset in Wimbledon's second round. Djokovic will do the same after getting destroyed by Federer, and Federer will ride the momentum from his massive victory into the summer's final event.

Murray has failed to live up to the moment before. Until he proves his ability to win on the ultimate stage, there's no telling when he will win that elusive first Grand Slam—if he ever does.

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