Federer has the opportunity to equal his boyhood hero Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon times, a record he's had in his sights for the past few years.
"Everybody knows what a hero he is to me and how much I admire what he's been able to achieve in tennis," Federer said. "I mean, I don't think he ever lost a Grand Slam final here at Wimbledon. He won seven out of seven, which is just incredible, particularly in the times he played against all these big servers, when things were a bit more unpredictable, let's say. So I'm very proud to have a shot of equaling Pete."
Federer found Murray a very tricky opponent when the British player emerged onto the tour but over the years, the Swiss star has found a better game plan to deal with Murray's counter-punching style. Federer has won their past two matches, including a 7-5, 6-4 win in March's ATP Dubai final but as he was quick to remind the media, Murray has beaten Federer in some big matches in the past.
"I know how good Andy is," he said. "I've had my tough losses with him. I remember the losses I had against him, in the finals particularly in Shanghai where he crushed me, and in Toronto I believe it was. I had a good win against him in Dubai which was on a quick court. Honestly, we haven't played much in the last couple of years because of us being ranked 3 or 4 for sometime now. We always ended up in Novak or Rafa's hands and one would win but not both usually, so then we wouldn't see each other very often."