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Roger Federer Seeks Fifth Straight US Open Title

By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Monday, September 8, 2008 1:02pm CST USA
Roger Federer Seeks Fifth Straight US Open Title, US Open 2008 NEW YORK--( In the US Open men's championship match to be played today due to rain earlier in the week from Tropical Storm Hanna, Roger Federer goes for his fifth US Open title in a row.

World number two Federer of Switzerland meets 6th seeded Andy Murray of Britain at 4:00pm CST USA. Head to head Murray leads Federer 2-1, winning their only encounter this year

Roger Federer | Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
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Head to head Murray leads Federer 2-1, winning their only encounter this year.

on the hardcourts at Dubai 6-7(6-8), 6-3, 6-4. Federer won their first meeting in 2005 but dropped their second match in 2006 at Cincinnati.

Roger Federer (SUI)[2] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[6]
Federer was ranked as world number one one for a record 237 consecutive weeks from February 2, 2004 through August 17, 2008 before losing the top spot to the current number one Rafael Nadal of Span. Murray scored an upset win over Nadal in the semifinals yesterday 6-2, 7-6(7-5), 4-6, 6-4. In his semifinal match, Federer defeated the Australian Open champion and 3rd seed Novak Djokovic 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.

Murray excels on fast surfaces and reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon this year. He's said the US Open is his favorite tournament. However Federer holds the open era records for consecutive wins on both grass courts (65) and hard courts (56).

But Federer is yet to win a major title this year after after winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2006 and 2007. Both players play all court tennis, but the player who is more aggressive and serves better win will. Murray has a great opportunity today but more than likely Federer will come away with the victory.
Prediction: Roger Federer

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