London, Nov. 13 : Britain's Andy Murray has said that he aims to dump Roger Federer out of the Masters Cup in Shanghai tomorrow to get his hands on a one million pound paycheck. The Brit faces the Swiss star in the final group game with a semi-final spot already in the bag.
Federer will be out if he loses and Murray has admitted: "I'd like to knock him out of the competition." Murray, 21, was quoted by The Sun as saying: "I'll try and beat Federer. Ideally I'd like to knock him out. I'd rather not have to play him twice in one week. Any time you play Federer, probably the greatest player of all time, it is disrespectful if you don't try to win." "Obviously there's a lot more pressure on him to win than me. It will be the first time I've played him when I've not been under pressure. Maybe I'll feel too relaxed and not play my best now that I've qualified. But I plan on trying to win the match. I think if I win, I pretty much knock him out," he added. Federer, 27, kept his hopes alive after beating Czech Radek Stepanek - a late replacement for the injured Andy Roddick 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.
Stepanek, 29, turned up without a racket, borrowed socks from Murray and did not have his contact lenses - but still gave the world No 2 a scare.
But Federer, who has a back injury and a stomach bug, said: "The situation's in my control. If I beat Murray, I'm through - but only a good performance will do the job."
Story first published: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 13:05 [IST]
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