Andrew Castle: "Roger Federer loves beating Andy Murray"

Swiss star Roger Federer in action against Nikolay Davydenko on January 17, 2013
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Andrew Castle says that Roger Federer "loves" beating Andy Murray ahead of tomorrow's Australian Open semi-final between the two players in Melbourne.

Andrew Castle believes that the bookmakers are underestimating Roger Federer ahead of his Australian Open semi-final with Andy Murray.

The Scot will enter tomorrow's match in Melbourne as the 7/11 favourite to reach the final, but has never beaten the world number two in a Grand Slam arena.

Castle, a former British number one, believes that the match is a genuine 50/50 contest.

"Fed loves beating Murray," Castle wrote in The Metro. "Their rivalry is captivating, but it rankles Roger there was some sniping from Andy when he was younger.

"Federer feels he did not always receive the necessary respect from the Briton. The bookmakers are quoting Andy as favourite to reach the final, but I view this as 50-50.

"Fed may appear to be a smooth, suave sort but his devastating game is a big threat to Andy's chances of back-to-back slam victories."

Murray holds a 10-9 record over Federer.

Great Britain's Andy Murray in action in the second round against Joao Sousa on January 17, 2013
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060