Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Marching Murray's a Massive Threat to Me, Insists Federer; World No1 Is Wary of British Star as He Attempts to Win a Record-Equalling Sixth Successive US Open Crown

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Marching Murray's a Massive Threat to Me, Insists Federer; World No1 Is Wary of British Star as He Attempts to Win a Record-Equalling Sixth Successive US Open Crown

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Byline: From Chris Jones in New York

ROGER FEDERER admitted today that Andy Murray is a serious threat to his bid for a record-equalling sixth successive US Open title.

Murray has received the backing of stars including Andre Agassi and John McEnroe and Federer understands why, following the Scot's rise up the world rankings to No2 this year.

The Swiss, who will face Lleyton Hewitt in the third round after his 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Simon Greul last night, said: "Andy is definitely in the best shape of his life and has one more year of experience. He's got a great chance to do well this year.

"I think Andy deserves a few picks because he's played so well. The only thing is that he hasn't won is a slam yet but he's still quite young. It's not like the guy is 35 years old and, obviously, he has still got time."

Murray, who will play his secondround match against Paul Capdeville, of Chile, tomorrow, is taking nothing for granted and the heavy fall he took while recording a straight sets win over Ernests Gulbis highlighted the potential pitfalls in every round of the final major of the tennis year.

Murray said: "The draw only opens up when you get to those stages. My second-round opponent is solid and I have to focus on that. Against Gulbis, I served well to close the sets out although I lost my concentration a little bit at times. I could have been more solid when I was ahead."

Federer is set to face Hewitt for the 23rd time and the Swiss has won the last 13 in a row. Hewitt, the 31st seed, defeated Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and said: "There's not a lot of guys that have been able to beat Roger - especially here.

"He started his run here in 2004 in the final against me and, so it would be nice if I could finish it! He is obviously extremely confident at the moment, coming off the last two majors and it's going to take someone to play a great match against him. …

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