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Federer wins Wimbledon title

2012-07-08 19:15

London - Roger Federer won a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown on Sunday, shattering Andy Murray's dream of ending Britain's 76-year wait for an All England Club men's champion.

Federer, playing in his eighth Wimbledon final and 24th Grand Slam championship match, won 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to join Pete Sampras and William Renshaw as a seven-time champion.

The Swiss great, who has also regained the world number one ranking, is just the third man over 30 to win Wimbledon following Rod Laver in 1969 and Arthur Ashe in 1975.

Murray, 25, bidding to be the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon, has now lost all four Grand Slam finals in which he has appeared.

But in the opening exchanges of this eagerly-anticipated final, he was the stronger player, making the most of his five-year advantage as Federer looked fatigued and ragged.

However, once the £80 million roof was shut in the early stages of the third set, as torrential rain bucketed down outside, the momentum shifted and Federer stormed into the ascendancy.

With the Duchess of Cambridge, sister Pippa Middleton, Australian great Rod Laver, British Prime Minister David Cameron and even the Beckhams looking on from the Royal Box, it was the Briton who started the stronger.

Murray, defeated by Federer in the 2008 US Open and 2010 Australian Open finals without winning a set, broke in the first game when an uncharacteristic nervy Swiss ballooned a drive volley and that break was backed up by a hold.

Federer held and retrieved the break, shrugging off the boozy call of 'I love you, Roger' from a male fan in the 15,000 crowd.

Murray survived two break points in the eighth game and made the most of the reprieve when he broke to lead 5-4 as Federer netted a forehand having had to take evasive action to avoid a Murray forehand missile.

The Scot then wrapped up the opener on an unreturned serve -- it was the first set Murray had won in his three Grand Slam finals, with Federer's 16 unforced errors to his opponent's five proving key.

Murray saved a break point in the second game of the second set while Federer, the first 30-year-old in the final since Jimmy Connors in 1984, saved two in the fifth.

The two men served a pair of love games as Federer led 4-3 while Murray wasted two break points in the ninth game as the six-time champion clung on for a 5-4 advantage.

The Briton again served a love game for 5-5.

But Federer held and suddenly carved out a set point with a magical drop volley in the 12th game which caused Murray to push a lob long.

Another immaculate drop volley off his toes gave him the set 7-5.

At 1-1 and 40-0 for Federer in the third, heavy rain drove the players off court for 40 minutes and the roof was closed.

In a dramatic sixth game, which lasted 20 minutes and went to 10 deuces, Murray took three tumbles to the ground, surrendered a 40-0 lead and Federer broke on a sixth break point for a 4-2 lead.

A ninth ace of the contest in the ninth game gave Federer the set 6-3 and a two sets to one lead.

Suddenly, the life and vibrancy seeped out of Murray.

He felt his lower back, Victoria Beckham looked even more sombre, and the Scot slipped 3-2 down off a killer, crosscourt backhand drive.

A 12th ace in the 10th game took Federer to two match points, the first of which was saved but Murray went wide on a forehand to hand Federer victory.

List of men with most Grand Slam titles:

17 - Roger Federer (SUI)

14 - Pete Sampras (USA)

12 - Roy Emerson (AUS)

11 - Bjorn Borg (SWE), Rafael Nadal (ESP), Rod Laver (AUS)

10 - Bill Tilden (USA)

8 - Ken Rosewall (USA), Fred Perry (GBR), Jimmy Connors (USA), Andre Agassi (USA), Ivan Lendl (CZE)

7 - John Newcombe (AUS), John McEnroe (USA), Mats Wilander (SWE), Henri Cochet (FRA), William Larned (USA), Rene Lacoste (FRA), William Renshaw (GBR), Richard Sears (USA)

6 - Boris Becker (GER), Stefan Edberg (SWE), Don Budge (USA), Jack Crawford (AUS), Tony Wilding (AUS), Lawrence Doherty (GBR)

5- Novak Djokovic (SRB), Tony Trabert (USA), Frank Sedgeman (AUS)

AFP

Comments
  • Dhirshan - 2012-07-08 19:23

    andy murray : always the bridesmaid, never the bride. all hail king federer!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-08 19:28

      At least his girlfriend is hotter than .. Okay let's not go there.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-08 19:31

      it's not gonna be easy but i'll give it a shot(starts crying..)....yada yada... now take your things and p!ss-off back to Scotland....and with that lost his lost his British tag as well now he is just a Scotsman... Hail the king RF...

      Ian - 2012-07-08 19:44

      hail hail, well played

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 19:54

      Murray, I am sorry to say, is just not a 'finisher' and never will be..... changing his public speaking style might be good start though. Every word he utters just screams out 'defeatist'.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-08 22:15

      Kalawa... it happens with all the sport..;Rugby, Cricket and so on... Every-time KP does something that the media doesn't like then it South African born Player but as soon as he hit a ton it's the England/English player... Quiet Sad and Sickening...

      goldwright - 2012-07-09 08:38

      @chaplinncharlie - what is your little obessesion with Murray being Scottish vs British? He is BOTH. His passport will state that he is a subject of the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" - which includes England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland. Like it or not Scotland IS part of Great Britain right now, so Murray IS British - albeit a Scotsman. He has every right though to be proud of his Scottish heritage and on Sunday he was flying the flag for Scotland AND Great Britain.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-08 19:41

    No shame Andy. You came up against Federer at his best. Roger is sublime at holding his nerve and pacing himself. Andy looked out of steam in the 4th set and Roger looked as though he was just starting to play. We have witnessed a legend at work. How many players managed a grand slam title and the world number 1 in their 30's? Poor Lendl would be able to pacify young Murray, having lost 3 Wimbledon finals himself.

  • Dean Barrett - 2012-07-08 19:45

    FedEx once again rules supreme. What a pleasure to witness the greatest tennis player of all time gracing Wimbledon once again!

  • johan.benade.1088 - 2012-07-08 19:47

    No substitute for pure class... Mediocre seems like the right word to describe British sport at the moment, haha...

  • Provence - 2012-07-08 20:04

    Federer The Great! Murray will get his time.

  • GrandMasterFlasch - 2012-07-08 20:09

    17 time grand slam champion, all hail the swiss maestro

  • nickwill.reen - 2012-07-08 20:21

    BbbbbbbbBorn stunna flow! Consistanly winning while all u b#*\tches come and go!oh u crying Hoe! lol u aint headline, u his son b#*'cth...Roger the KING!

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-07-08 20:26

    Well done Roger and Serena, for the 30 yr old champions. Absolutely incredible!

  • mmatebogo.molokele - 2012-07-08 20:28

    Viva King Roger........

  • Amanda - 2012-07-08 20:30

    awesome - wonderful - genius - and dont forget that we as saffas have a share in him- his mother is a Suid Afrikaner!!

  • Amanda - 2012-07-08 20:37

    Awesome - wonderful genius Congrats to Roger I was screaming and spiritually willing him all the way.- and dont forget his mother is a South African. He will go down in history as the greatest tennis player of all time. And let me tell you I am 63 and will never forget the greats like Bjorn Borg whom I adored and the capricious personality of the wonderful John McEnroe. As a seven times winner he will come back to win Wimbledon again even though he is thirty!

  • Amanda - 2012-07-08 20:40

    Hope the pommies are crying their eyes out tonight - as their last hope failed. Thank goodness Murray didnt win - as we would have never heard the end of Sky News rantings!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 20:54

      No Amanda, the pomms handed Andrew back to Scotland during the second set ...

      Michael - 2012-07-08 22:47

      Don't be silly, murry is not a Brit. He lost that when he stated that he is scottish and not British. He can f*** off home now and cry into his sweaty haggis, the tw@t.

      goldwright - 2012-07-09 09:12

      Scotland is part of Britain, so Murray IS - like it or not - a Brit AND a Scotsman. IF one day, Scotland cedes from Britain (which is inclusive of England, Wales & Northern Ireland) then fair enough, he will be a Scotsman and ONLY that. The four regions are ALL part of Britain and thus all folk in their "United Kingdom" are all British subjects - albeit of different heritage, so UNITE and get over yourselves!

  • lelanie.jacobs - 2012-07-08 20:57

    ..Don't Murray, be happy!

  • chris.booise - 2012-07-08 21:08

    Federer just had too much skill for Murray. Very classy indeed.

  • Amanda - 2012-07-08 21:09

    I think that having Lendl in his corner was a bad omen for Murray. Lendl could never get it right at Wimbeldon. He was a great talent - but it was not in his destiny to win Wimbledon.... Maybe it is something to do with superstition.

  • Amanda - 2012-07-08 21:15

    Yes Scouter - they are a most insincere nation - not surprised at all. Still Murray gave it his all - and kudos to him for playing his heart out!! Shame on their nation.

      Michael - 2012-07-08 22:50

      Insincere nation? I have no sympathy for the northern barsteward. He himself says he is not british, so therefore he is a porridge w0g.

      goldwright - 2012-07-09 09:24

      Whose to say racism is only between people of different "colours"? Michael, you dislike Murray because he is proud of his Scottish roots - he obviously got fed up with being ragged about being a Brit when he wins and a Scot when he looses......... What are you Michael - a pompous pom?

  • phillip.andy.7 - 2012-07-08 21:58

    congrats to Roger he plays the most beautiful tennis

  • Jco - 2012-07-09 07:21

    Who say that 30 year old's can not win? Federer at 30 the champ! AWESOME PLAYER!

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