Murray's youth gives him edge says Federer

World No 2 and No 4 meet for fifth time in six months in Masters series semi-finals

Like Liverpool and Chelsea, who were drawn together in the Champions League for the fifth year in succession yesterday, Roger Federer and Andy Murray seem to be on a permanent collision course. When the world's No 2 and No 4 players face each other tonight in the semi-finals of the Masters Series tournament in the Californian desert resort of Indian Wells it will be their fifth competitive meeting in the last six months.

Since Federer won their US Open final meeting last September, Murray has beaten the Swiss at the Madrid Masters, the Tennis Masters Cup and the Qatar Open. Indeed, the Scot leads 5-2 in their head-to-head meetings.

Both have been in form this week after struggling with physical problems. Murray injured an ankle and then pulled out of Dubai with a virus that also forced him to miss Britain's Davis Cup tie against Ukraine. Federer had not played since the Australian Open because of a back injury.

Murray, who has had many of his best results on American hard courts, has enjoyed victories this week over Albert Montanes, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Tommy Robredo and Ivan Ljubicic, dropping only one set along the way. Federer has beaten Marc Gicquel, Ivo Karlovic, Fernando Gonzalez and Fernando Verdasco. In the other half of the draw last night's quarter-finals paired Rafael Nadal with Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic with Andy Roddick.

"He's a great player," Federer said as he looked ahead to facing Murray. "He's young, so you still have to figure him out a little bit. He's changing his game as time goes by. Every time you play him, he plays a bit different. Whereas for me, he knows what to expect. That's the advantage of a youngster. There are disadvantages in that they're a bit more inconsistent, but he's been very consistent, at a young age, which is impressive to see."

Murray said: "We know each others' games pretty well. Obviously if I want to beat him I need to play one of my best matches.

"It's important to serve solid and make a lot of balls and not feel like you have to do anything special on each point to win against him.

"If you watch the way that Nadal plays against him, it's not as though he's doing something unbelievable on every point. He just plays solid cross-court balls to the backhand and it obviously works."

Suggested Topics
Arts and Entertainment
Buttoned up: Ryan Reynolds with Helen Mirren in ‘Woman in Gold’
filmFor every box-office smash in his Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. Now he says it's time for a reboot
News
people
News
Actress Julianne Moore wins the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for 'Still Alice' during the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California
people
Sport
Ross Barkley
footballPaul Scholes says it's time for the Everton playmaker to step up and seize the England No 10 shirt
News
'We will fix it': mice in the 1970s children’s programme Bagpuss
science
Life and Style
2 Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette
fashion
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital

War with Isis

Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?