Federer Stops Murray to Win 7th Wimbledon Title

by John on July 8, 2012

Roger Federer proved, once again, that there’s plenty of life left in the old boy. The soon-to-be 31-year old won his record 17th Grand Slam, tied Pete Sampras and Willie Renshaw for most Wimbledon titles with seven, and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking with a solid 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win over Scotsman Andy Murray in the final of The Championships Sunday afternoon. The title was Federer’s first major since winning the Australian Open in 2010. With the Wimbledon points, Federer will surpass No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal in tomorrow’s updated ATP Rankings. No. 4-ranked Murray, still looking to hoist his first major trophy, lost his fourth Grand Slam final. Unlike the other three — in which he failed to win a set — Murray didn’t wilt under the pressure this time. The Scotsman performed valiantly and gave British fans plenty to cheer about. No British player has won Wimbledon since Fred Perry did it in 1936. Federer, playing with machine-like efficiency and unbridled aggression, was just too good on this day. “This year, I guess, I decided in the bigger matches, to take it more to my opponent instead of waiting a bit more for the mistakes,” Federer said. “This is, I guess, how you want to win Wimbledon, by going after your shots, believing you can do it, and that’s what I was able to do today. It’s special.” Murray gave his countrymen high hopes at the outset, breaking Federer in the first game of the match. After the two traded breaks in the fourth and ninth games, Murray served it out for 6-4, with two aces in the final game. The Scotsman clearly appeared to have the momentum. Federer had two crucial holds in the next set, saving two break points in the fifth game and one in the ninth, to keep his chances alive. The Swiss Maestro got the decisive break in the 12th game to even the match at a set apiece. Rain halted play with Federer serving at 1-1 in the third set while the roof over Centre Court was closed. Play resumed after a 40 minute delay. Service prevailed until the sixth game, which ended up being the turning point in the match. Murray jumped to a 40-0 lead on his serve and then fought off five break points before succumbing on the sixth. The game went to deuce 10 times and lasted 20 minutes. The Dunblane native wasn’t quite the same thereafter. Federer closed out the set with his ninth ace. The Swiss got the only break in the fourth set and the match ended after three hours and 24 minutes. “I thought I played a pretty good match,” Murray said. “[There was] a lot of close shots, a lot of close games, a lot of break points here and there. He played very, very well the last two sets especially. When the roof closed, he played unbelievable tennis.” Federer, who had 12 aces, won 76 percent of the points on his first serve to 69 percent for Murray. The Swiss Maestro hit 62 winners and won 53 of 68 points at the net.

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