Federer shatters Andy's dream

2012-07-08 21:45

London - Roger Federer won a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown Sunday, shattering tearful 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.

"It equals me with Pete Sampras, who's my hero, so it feels amazing," said Federer, whose last Wimbledon title was in 2009 and was without a major since the 2010 Australian Open.

"It feels great being back here as the winner. I think I played some of my best tennis in the last couple of matches. I couldn't be more happy."

Federer, who dominated the final after the Centre Court roof was shut early in the third set, admitted he had felt the sense of occasion with Murray chasing down history.

"Today (Sunday) was unique because of playing Andy. Obviously, being able to play or finish a match under the roof, I don't think that's ever been done before here for a final. I know the occasion and how big it was for Andy and myself."

Murray, the first British man to reach a Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin in 1938, broke down in tears at the closing ceremony, delivering his speech but faltering on numerous occasions.

"I'm getting closer," said an emotional Murray, who had to gather himself before continuing.

"I'm going to try this but it won't be easy. Firstly I'd like to congratulate Roger. I was asked the other day if this is my best chance? Roger's 30. He's not bad for a 30-year-old."

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

However, once the £80m roof was shut 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 before Murray survived two break points in the eighth game.

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 - 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 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.


  • Michael - 2012-07-08 22:13

    Thank god that murry lost. He is not British, he is a porridge w0g sweaty.

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-08 22:32

      I would far rather be called a scot than a Pom! He played a damn good game, and showed grace in defeat. He earned a lot of respect today, something that you do not deserve with that racist comment of yours.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-08 23:58

      Travie take that Racist gravy train some-where else... Every time some-one call some-one a name his racist... it is getting a bit pathetic if you ask me... Anyways Andy Murray is a CHAV... not that you would know the meaning...

      jacek.stankiewicz.37 - 2012-07-09 08:34

      I am also glad he lost - because he is british.

  • Amanda - 2012-07-08 22:28

    @ michael - what do you mean he is not a Brit? Do the Scots not count?? I bet if he had won you would be singing his praises. Disgraceful comment.

      Michael - 2012-07-08 22:32

      When the football was on a while back, he stated that he would support any country except England. Therefore he is not british,but a stuck up little tw@t.

      Dakey - 2012-07-09 00:17

      To be fair the entire world population (minus that of England) also support any country other than England in football (ABE). 1/2 your players have cheated on their wives with other players wives or prostitutes and your captain is a racist with a drug dealing father. You couldn't write a better script! Next you always play for penalties and then complain when you lose to penalties! I'm with Murray on this one, even though I don't particularly like him either.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-07-09 14:38

      @Dakeyras - Since when is Steven Gerrard a racist ? Or are you talking about Terry

  • ignatius.b.ferreira - 2012-07-08 22:32

    He himself said he is Scot before British

  • Amanda - 2012-07-08 22:42

    @ both ignatius and michael -I might be out of touch but it looks like their is nothing united about Britain anymore.

  • Amanda - 2012-07-08 22:53

    Sorry I meant nothing "United" about the United Kingdom. Britain is a word of the past or so it seems.

      Michael - 2012-07-08 22:59

      It always has been.

      bj.pieman - 2012-07-09 09:28

      you limey gits are all the same

  • michelle.venter.142 - 2012-07-08 23:02

    Michael, do you even know how tennis works. You can't even spell a surname.

      Michael - 2012-07-08 23:27

      Yes, I do. And that was what is known as a typo, here in England!

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-07-09 07:44

      Michelle, at the end of a question you use a "?"....

  • Jesse Palmer - 2012-07-09 00:53

    Lol, well let me be the first to comment on this story and say "well done to Roger!". Order has been restored.

  • deanmpeters - 2012-07-09 11:33

    I was not happy with the line calling. Those judges were clearly biased. Justice prevailed in the end though.

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