Murray V Federer: LIVE

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2008

0000: The game finished at exactly midnight and the clock struck twelve on Andy Murray's Cinderella story. A sensational run to the final which included dumping out Rafael Nadal in the semi final's came cannot be dismissed. Federer on the other hand brutally dismantled the Scot and has Grand Slam No.13 and is just two short of breaking Pete Sampras' record. So Murray was turned into a pumpkin just at the wrong time, but Cinderella had a happy ending and Andy Murray will learn and hopefully have his in SW19 in 2009.


Murray 2-6 5-7 2-6 Federer
Murray refuses to concede defeat and is fuming as he puts a lob narrowly long. Federer's forehand puts him two points away from the title - but Murray responds with a sizzling backhand down the line and Fed sees his forehand go wide after hitting the tape. An errant backhand gives Murray game point but Fed pounces on a weak second serve to make it deuce and a Murray error gives Fed his first championship point. Two brave, brilliant volleys from Murray save it but Fed earns another with a brutal backhand. The crowd don't want this to end - but it has. Murray scampers around the back of the court sending up lob after lob but Fed puts him away in the end, falling onto the court as he celebrates his 13th Grand Slam title, his first for a year and his fifth US Open in a row.

2357: Amazingly his odds have plummeted from 500-1 to 80-1 in the space of five minutes although they're still not taking bets on Federer who is still a break up on the Scot.

Murray 2-6 5-7 2-5 Federer
Hold the back page. Murray powers away a forehand winner to bring up a break point and then a searing return makes Fed net. Who wrote him off? Come on, own up.

Murray 2-6 5-7 1-5 Federer
Three cheers. Murray gets a huge roar from the crowd as he puts in a massive effort to hold serve for the first time in the set and puts my prediciton to bed... 

2352: Make that odds of 500-1 for Murray to claim the US Open, I'd take a bet he'll lose his next service game though and probably to love...

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-5 Federer
The crowd aren't enjoying this much. Murray looks completely spent. Federer, though, deserves all the praise in the world. Grand Slam number 13 is a game away.

2350: For those of you who like a flutter, Paddy Power are offering odds of 200-1 that Andy Murray can win the US Open and they've stopped taking bets on Federer due to the fact he's now 5-0 up.

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-4 Federer
I can't watch, this couldn't be further from the Nadal preformance. A double fault puts Federer 0-30 up and a poor backhand into the net gives the world number two three break points. Murray trots to the net in very unconvincing fashion and doesn't seem at all surprised to see the backhand flashing past him. This could be over very quickly.

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-3 Federer
Murray looks to bounce back, engaging Federer in a mesmerising rally from the baseline - but then ruins all his good work by belting a backhand long. No matter, a sizzling forehand forces Federer into his zillionth volley error of the match. The world number two survives from deuce, but good battling from Murray, at least he isn't giving up.

2341: Five straight games from Federer and two breaks to love...Don't be expecting a Gasquet style comeback Murray fans. This could be over by midnight...

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-2 Federer
Federer plays Murray at his own game, a delicate drop shot leaving his opponent flat-footed. Federer places a simple pass cross-court to bring up three break points. Murray puts a tame forehand into the net and that's a break to love. The 21-year-old now has a mountain ahead of him - and he looks far too weary to climb it.

Murray 2-6 5-7 0-1 Federer
Just three sets, Andy, just three. Fed holds to 15.


2333: I refer you to "2329" and so it passes as Federer breaks to love and takes a two set to love lead. Is there any way back for Murray? According to my picture, I clearly don't think so!

Murray 2-6 5-7 Federer
Good start from Federer, whipping a forehand into the corner to make it 0-15, and it gets better, the champion finally nailing a decent volley. Murray's first serve deserts him at the worst possible time and Federer chip-charges to bring up three set points. An absolutely scintillating rally ends with Federer chasing down a drop shot and sending his forehand down the line. The world number two punches the air with delight - and I think he senses title number five.

2329: Next game looks so crucial to outcome of this final...

Murray 2-6 5-6 Federer
Murray wins the point of the match so far, running back to collect a Federer lob before rocking the world number two with a brutal forehand onto the baseline. He had no right to win that point. Fed shanks a backhand and that's 30-30. Murray's return is called long - to gasps from the crowd - but the Brit doesn't challenge. Strange.

Murray 2-6 5-5 Federer
Murray batters his head with his racquet after a loose forehand into the trams on the first point, but the British number one recovers brilliantly with a backhand winner. Federer goes walkabout again and that allows Murray to come through quite comfortably.

Murray 2-6 4-5 Federer
At 15-15, Murray steps in for a forehand with the whole court at his mercy - but blasts it long. Murray responds with a brilliant cross-court pass, although Fed's approach shot was poor, but the champion hangs on and the pressure is right back on the Brit now.

Murray 2-6 4-4 Federer
During that changeover, the crowd are treated to pictures of actress Charlize Theron snogging her boyfriend on the big screen. Back to the tennis though. Murray is still clutching his knee from time to time, but he's keeping his focus. The 21-year-old races into a 40-0 lead before taking it to 15 with a second-serve ace.

Murray 2-6 3-4 Federer
Murray attacks the Federer forehand and is rewarded when the ball hits the net. That's 15-30 but he then shanks a forehand disastrously. "Noooooooooo," screams the Scot. Fed gets the forehand back on track and the second seed sneaks ahead in the set again.

Murray 2-6 3-3 Federer
Murray clutches his knee and hops about a bit after every point. Bit worrying. Still, the Brit holds to 15 - in part thanks to another shocker of a volley from Federer. The world number two looks like he has never been to net.

2306: That game could have been crucial to Murray's chances in this set but it remains on serve, will he get as many good opportunities as that to break the champions serve?

Murray 2-6 2-3 Federer
Federer goes spectacularly off the boil. He puts a routine backhand volley in the net and that's three more break points for Murray. Fed, though, comes right back. Powering groundstrokes onto the baseline, he saves the first two before somehow winning the third despite some very shaky volleying. The defending champion survives by the skin of his teeth. Might be a very big game that.

Murray 2-6 2-2 Federer
Billie Jean King, wearing some delightful 60s-style sunglasses, is studiously reading something. Shame. She's missing some good tennis here. Murray seems to have come to the party, while Federer is still showing flashes of brilliance. Murray polishes off the game with the old one-two: a big serve and the easy put-away off the short ball.

Murray 2-6 1-2 Federer
Hello. Hello! Welcome to the US Open final, Andy Murray. He steps in to spank a forehand return cross-court and then hammers a backhand so hard that Fed nets his volley. Break back.

Murray 2-6 0-2 Federer
The crowd have gone a bit quiet and you sense that if Murray can find some inspiration, they might just get behind the Brit. Federer, though, just looks awesome. He races into a 0-30 lead on the Murray serve and it's almost a shock when Fed sticks a backhand wide. Murray clenches his fist as he forces another error, but then a shanked forehand lets Fed back in. A couple of deuces later, Murray nets a simple forehand and it's break point Fed. The baseline rally ends with Federer whipping a stunning forehand cross-court. It's just too good.

Murray 2-6 0-1 Federer
Murray's head is dropping. A man with a Union Jack painted on his face looks on with concern. Worrying times these. Unless you're Roger Federer. The champ rises gloriously to put away the smash and that's a love service game.


2040: Oh God that was quick, Federer is looking supreme at the moment and Murray was a spectator for the last four games. He needs to start well in the next set or it could become too big a mountain to climb.

Murray 2-6 Federer
The crowd are definitely behind the artist formerly known as King Fed, but they may swing the other way if this continues. Two stinging forehands have Murray rocking and that's two set points for the world number two. Yet another forehand hammer forces another Murray error and that's the first gone in 26 minutes.

Murray 2-5 Federer
Bad news Murray fans, Federer looks good. Very good. He shows how confident he is by charging to the net and driving a volley cross-court. Murray manages to get it back to 40-30 but Federer bangs down a first serve and all of a sudden, he's a game away from the first set.

Murray 2-4 Federer
Uh-oh. Murray goes for a big second serve, but it's just long and his first double-fault of the match gives Fed a 0-30 lead. Federer goes long with a forehand but when Murray nets a routine backhand, it gives the world number two his second and third break points of the match. Going for the big winner, Murray sends a forehand into the trams. HawkEye agrees with the linesman's call and it's first blood to Fed.

Murray 2-3 Federer
"Federer's hitting the ball very hard," observes a commentator. Devastating analysis. The hard-hitting Federer is winning most of the baseline exchanges for the moment and his serve is looking top-notch too. An easy hold for the Swiss mister.

Murray 2-2 Federer
Federer steps it up, sending a rasping forehand onto the baseline before some brilliant reactions at the net make it 15-30. The world number two is unlucky to see a backhand clip the net and drop wide but after a brutal baseline rally, Murray is the first to blink, mis-hitting a forehand to give Fed a break point. Brave stuff from Murray though, rocking Fed with a deep forehand.

2019: Remember if you're following this match, leave a comment on how you think it's going and how it will develop.

Murray 1-2 Federer
Federer moves into position to spank a forehand down the line - but Murray scampers over and incredibly loops the pass cross-court. That makes it 30-30 but a big serve helps Federer out and Murray nets a backhand.

2016: That's a message of intent from the Brit...enough messages!

Murray 1-1 Federer
Murray loses the first point with an errant backhand but there's no sign of panic. Two service winners - including his first ace - get him back on track and a cross-court forehand pass takes him to game point. Fed goes just wide. Good start from the Brit.

2013: That's a message of intent from the champion...

Murray 0-1 Federer
Fed opens up with two winning first serves before Murray puts a tame return into the net. The world number two seals the game with an effortless backhand winner. Not bad, not bad.

2012: And we're off, Murray to receive Federer's serve.

2205: The umpires goes through the toin coss routine at the net before the players pose for the traditional pre-match photo at the net. "Have a great match," Federer tells Murray. "Thanks," says Murray. We're hoping both players have a great match.

2202: Andy Murray makes his entrance into the Arthur Ashe Stadium, waving at the crowd as he does. The Brit looks pretty calm as he prepares for his first Grand Slam final. A fella called Federer follows.

2156: My main worry for Murray will be his physical strength, can he play to the same level as yesterday after playing that semi final only...yesterday? Federer has had the break and barely broke a sweat in sweeping aside Djokovic and will be much happier with his preperation. Then again they were never going to schedule for Tuesday for Andy Murray were they...

2155: Not a spare seat to be seen in the magnificent Arthur Ashe stadium, the crowd waits in anticipation. It may not be Federer v Nadal but this is a final that promises excitment and drama.

2154: Here he comes. Yes, jazz twiddler Harry Connick Jr will sing America the Beautiful.

2147: 13 minutes until it all kicks off, I can't wait!

2144: I'm back! Back in the New York Groove! Sorry I had to get that one off my chest!

2100: One hour to go, now excuse me for a while as I go downstairs and have something to eat and wait in eager anticipation for what should be one of the greatest US Open finals in recent memory.

2055: Both players have completed their warm ups, Federer on the Arthur Ashe court while Murray chose to get ready on the outside courts, Tim Henman had this to say As Andy said, there's no point stopping now and I really think he can win it," Henman added "It's going to be a fascinating match and Andy's got nothing to lose."

2042: Of course there is still another hour before the players even appear on the Arthur Ashe Court to warm up but lets take a look at some experts view on today's crunch clash, Michael Stitch has had this to say "I think you have to go for Roger for his experience," the German told Radio Five Live. "He has 12 Grand Slam titles. A lot depends on how the match starts. Andy has to make sure the first set is tight. It's not too bad if he loses it, but he must not let Roger win it 6-2 or 6-3 and cruise it."

2037: Welcome to New York where Roger Federer is taking on Briton Andy Murray in tonight's US Open final. Can the Brit actually defeat the four time champion and claim a first grand slam for Britain since 1936, a year when the Spanish civil war began and the BBC began transmitting. That's a whopping gap of 72 years!


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