Murray ready for Federer showdown
Andy Murray hopes the fact that Roger Federer has yet to win an Olympic gold might even up the playing field in Sunday's final.
The British number one booked his place in the final with a superb straight sets victory over Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon on Friday, with the 25-year-old pulling off a 7-5 7-5 triumph in front of a vociferous full house at SW19.
Conversely Federer needed three sets and 19 games in the decider to get past Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro to earn a chance of adding a gold medal to his seven Wimbledon titles.
Murray has looked good throughout the event and has dropped just one set against Marcus Baghdatis, while the Swiss ace also dropped a set in his opening encounter with Alejandro Falla.
The duo have met each other 16 times in their careers to date with eight wins each but the world number one has never lost to the Scot on grass.
His four-set victory at this year's Wimbledon was the first time that he had faced the Brit at the All England Club and he was too good after surrendering the first set.
Murray played a superb match only to be beaten by a man who was able to raise his game to a new level and the last three sets included some breathtaking tennis by the 17-time Grand Slam winner.
Murray used to hold a winning career record against the 30-year-old but he has lost his last three encounters with Sunday's opponent, who has enjoyed a resurgence after slipping down to third in the world rankings.
But the Glasgow-born star is hoping that he can take advantage of the fact the Federer has yet to appear in an Olympic final.
"It's so rare for him to be in a position where he's trying to do something new because he's achieved so much in tennis," he said. "I hope that will even things out a little bit."
"Most times I've played him, he's experienced the situations way, way more times than me."
However, the home favourite is under no illusions as to the size of the task he faces and feels he will go into the clash with renewed confidence after the disappointment of losing his fourth Grand Slam final just a few weeks ago.
"Playing against Roger is always tough," he added. "I've had some good wins against him and some tough losses. I will have learned from the Wimbledon match - I'll look and talk with my team about that match and the tactics for going into Sunday.
"I want to try to win. I don't think going into matches trying to get revenge for something that's happened in the past really helps. I think you need to try and focus on the future."