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Verbal volleys before the final

sports Updated: Jan 30, 2010 23:17 IST

The mind games have already started ahead of Sunday’s Australian Open final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

Murray is brimming with confidence, saying he has the game to take down the world number one because he has done it six times before.

Federer believes Murray could get stage-fright because he has never beaten him in a grand slam and has the added pressure of trying to provide Britain with their first male champion at a grand slam in 74 years.

The verbal volleying has begun. “I know he’d like to win the first for British tennis in, what is it, like 150,000 years?” Federer said.

“I think he really needs it more than I do, so I think the pressure’s big on him. But we’ll see how he’s going to handle it. It’s not going to be easy for him, that’s for sure.”