Murray hopes to exploit 'unknown' factor
Andy Murray hopes taking Roger Federer into new territory can help him achieve a different result when he goes for Olympic gold in the men's singles final on Sunday.
The match takes place exactly four weeks after Federer ended Murray's hopes of a first grand slam title on Wimbledon's Centre Court and left the Scot distraught.
Murray has bounced back superbly from that disappointment and on Friday produced one of the best performances and results of his career to beat Novak Djokovic 7-5 7-5 in the semi-finals. It will be a first Olympic final for Murray, and perhaps surprisingly a first singles final for Federer, who won men's doubles gold with Stanislas Wawrinka in Beijing.
Murray said: "I don't think going into a match thinking about revenge for something that's happened in the past really helps. I need to focus on the future. The one thing I hope on Sunday, he's not played for the gold medal in singles before and most times when I've played him he's experienced the situations way more times than me.
"He's played eight Wimbledon finals and it was my first one. It's so rare for him to be in a position where he's trying to do something new. I hope that will even things out a bit but it's going to be a tough match. I hope it's a great match because I think the way the matches went today, the tournament deserves a great final."
Federer has never won an Olympic singles medal but he guaranteed that will change this year by edging out Juan Martin Del Potro 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 19-17 in a remarkable contest.
Among the motivating factors for Murray was his failure in Beijing, where he lost in the first round, and he is thrilled he will contribute to Great Britain's medal haul, but he is not finished just yet.
The Scot said: "Coming into the semi-finals, when you have Djokovic, Roger, Del Potro, there was definitely no guarantees of winning one (a medal), so to get through and do that is great. But now I'm in the final, I've got a chance to win a gold medal, and I won't have that chance again for at least four years so I'll give it everything I can to try to do that."
Today Murray will continue his quest for a medal in the mixed doubles as well alongside Laura Robson when they play their delayed quarter-final against Australian pair Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur, and potentially a semi-final, too.
The women's singles final will see Wimbledon champion Serena Williams take on Maria Sharapova, with both women looking to add a first Olympic singles title to their grand slam collection.