Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray Takes No Joy from Beating Henman

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray Takes No Joy from Beating Henman

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ANDY MURRAY insists he will not go into his second round clash of the Cincinnati Masters with world No1 Roger Federer with a negative mindset.

Britain's No1, who has rocketed to 21st in the world, scraped past Tim Henman 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 last night to set up a match with Federer, whom Murray lost to in the Bangkok final last year. Federer advanced beating Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan 7-5, 6-4.

The 19-year-old Scot said: "It's going to be a difficult match, but one I'm definitely looking forward to.

You have to go out there with a plan; not go in there just expecting to get blown away or lose.

"If you do, then you can get close, and maybe the luck's with you on the day and you can maybe get a set.

"But it's not worth going on the court against him if you don't believe you have a chance of winning. If I went on court and played perfectly for two sets then, yes, of course I've got a chance.

"But to play perfectly against someone like Federer is near enough impossible. He's only lost to one player this year. I'm going to have to play the best match of my life to have a chance of winning."

Murray admitted he derived little satisfaction in knocking Henman out of another tournament.

Murray said: "He was a guy that I looked up to. I watched him for maybe eight, nine years when I was growing up, playing at Wimbledon.

"And still when I come off the court having won against him it's a little bit surreal.

"Regardless of what people say because he hasn't won a grand slam, he's one of the best tennis players of the last 10 years, and that's 100 per cent sure. Tim is someone I've looked up to immensely. To win against him means a lot. I don't particularly enjoy it, to be honest.

"I don't feel satisfied at the end of a match having won against him. It's just one of those things that you have to do. It's your job.

"I don't like having to shake Tim's hand at the end of the match having won against him. …

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