Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray Will Win a Slam, Says Federer; (1)Silver Dream: Britain's Andy Murray Ponders What Might Have Been after Losing to Roger Federer in Last Night's US Open Final (2)Feeling the Heat: Andy Murray

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murray Will Win a Slam, Says Federer; (1)Silver Dream: Britain's Andy Murray Ponders What Might Have Been after Losing to Roger Federer in Last Night's US Open Final (2)Feeling the Heat: Andy Murray

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

ROGER FEDERER claimed he felt "invincible" after destroying Andy Murray to win the US Open and then predicted the British No1 would become a Grand Slam champion.

The world No2 used the loss of his beloved Wimbledon crown as motivation at Flushing Meadows to move within one Slam of equalling Pete Sampras's record of 14.

That mark could be hit at the Australian Open in January if Federer can maintain the standard of tennis that saw him overpower the Scot 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in last night's final.

The Swiss star interrupted his champagne celebrations with his family and friends last night to offer Murray advice about winning a first Slam.

He said: "I don't think Andy needs a whole lot more to be able to win a Slam. I always had the feeling that Andy was an incredible talent.

"It was going to take him just a touch longer than the other guys because he had to figure out some things in his life, and now it's all looking good for him.

"Andy's got three different options, and not many players have that out there. That's what makes him dangerous. He's got the good slice, he can come to the net and he can stay back, even very far back. For this reason you need to adapt a little bit depending on how he plays you.

"He knows now what it takes to get very far into a Grand Slam, and by putting himself in those types of positions, giving himself opportunities, he'll only get better. I always thought he was a big match player. But I felt like I was invincible for a while again today, and that's exactly how you sort of want to finish a tournament.

" I always knew that if I were to get one Slam under my belt, especially the last one, things weren't looking that bad like everybody was talking about." Federer had gone through a poor season by his high standards having missed out to now world No1 Rafael Nadal in the final of Wimbledon and the French Open, while Novak Djokovic claimed the Australian title. …

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