8 Sep 2008

Murray hopes to emulate Britain's rugby, cricket stars

3:58 pm on 8 September 2008

The US Open finalist Andy Murray hopes he can do for British tennis what an Ashes victory did for English cricket and a World Cup title did for England rugby: lift the sport to a higher level.

Murray's given himself a chance to become Britain's first grand slam men's singles champion in the 40-year Open era by defeating world No.1 Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4.

The 21-year-old Scotsman faces 12-time grand slam champion Roger Federer in tomorrow's rain-postponed final at Flushing Meadows.

Murray has won two of three prior meetings with the four-time US champion Federer and remains confidenthis tougher workout regimen will pay off .

If it does he will jump to fourth in the new rankings, matching Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman for the highest mark in British history.