Andrew Castle: "Roger Federer loves beating Andy Murray"

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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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