At the Australian Open 2009, pundits, Nadal, and even Murray himself were proclaiming Murray one of the favorites to win the AO 2009. This was not a rash move considering Murray, despite losing the US Open 2008 to Federer, had had a great hard court run leading to the AO 2009, comprehensively beat Nadal in the US Open 2008 semi, and had a good H2H against Federer on hard court.
Yet there was Federer downplaying Murray's favorite satus in press confererence. Federer said Murray had a chance but only Nadal and himself should be favorites. Needless to say this irked Murray because though Nadal is a multiple Slam winner and world number 1, he had never made a hard court Slam final while Murray had just made the US Open final beating Nadal in the process.
Fast-forward to 2010 Wimbledon and we have a struggling, out-of-sort Murray but who found an unlikely supporter in his corner in the form of Roger Federer. Federer is now saying Murray's recent poor form should not be reason to write him off as one of the favourites. This time it is Murray who had never reached a final at Wimbledon whereas all the other favorites, Nadal, Federer, Roddick, had either won the title or reached several finals.
Federer is obviously commiserating with Murray and Djokovic, as he himself said something to that effect. Some would probably point to the fact that the Murray of 2009 was not respectful toward the great man, while this version of Murray is more submissive, prompting Federer's support, or Federer is simply playing another mind game.
But perhaps Federer saw something in Murray's game the last time they played. Both the US Open 2008 and AO 2010 ended in straight set defeats for Murray, but the score line told a different story. Murray had chances to beat Federer at the AO 2010, and Federer knew so.
Federer was right at the AO 2009 as Murray crashed out early and Nadal ended up with the trophy at Fed's expense. Now he probably should hope he's wrong, or Murray could win Wimbledon at his expense. But should that come to pass, it'd be well deserved for Murray.