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Federer beats Murray to win 7th Wimbledon title

07-09-2012 15:25 BJT

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At Wimbledon, where a history making men’s final took place on Sunday as Andy Murray took on Roger Federer for the title. Murray was bidding to become the first British man to win the singles title since 1936...while a win for Federer would give him seven career titles at the All-England Club, a mark that would equal the all-time record of Pete Sampras.

Despite appearances in three previous Grand Slam finals, Murray failed to take a single set in any of them and was looking to raise his level in front of a supportive British crowd that was fully behind the Scot.

And Murray seemed to feed off that energy early, breaking Federer’s serve in the opening game and ninth game before comfortably serving out the opening set 6-4.

Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses the trophy after his men's singles final
victory over Britain's Andy Murray on day 13 of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships
tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London.

The fourth seed Murray seemed to be in control as the second set got underway as he looked to be in control of every aspect of his game...and crucially, was serving well. But he was unable to make the most of his opportunities.

Four break points for Murray came and went, allowing Federer to remain in the set and a lacklustre serving performance in the 12th game allowed Federer to come back from 40-15 down to level the match with a superb backhand drop volley as he took set two 7-5.

Federer would begin to take over following a 35 minute rain delay, the Swiss three seed, serving it out to take it 6-3. And in the fourth, Federer would seize a decisive break in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead.

Although Murray held firm on serve, he was unable to break back and Federer wrapped up his first Grand Slam title since the 2010 Australian Open with his second Championship point, Federer taking the set 6-4 to claim the title.

Federer is now 17-7 in Grand Slam finals, including 7-1 at Wimbledon, while Murray drops to 0-4 - three of those losses coming against Federer. With his victory, Federer regains the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic, and matches Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles.

Switzerland's Roger Federer falls to the floor in celebration after his men's
singles final victory over Britain's Andy Murray at the Wimbledon Championships
in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 8.

Roger Federer (L) shakes hands with Andy Murray after his men's singles final
victory on Day 13 of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Tennis
Club in southwest London.

Roger Federer, 2012 Wimbledon Champion, said, "I really almost didn’t try to picture myself with the trophy or try to think too far ahead really. So now even right now, I mean, there was so much on the line, so I didn’t try to think of the world No. 1 ranking or the seventh or the seventeenth. So I think that’s going to actually, for a change, take much longer to sort of, you know, understand what I was able to achieve today. Yeah, it was crazy how it all happened under the circumstances. Yeah, I played terrific."

Andy Murray, 2012 Wimbledon Runner-Up, said, "I mean, I’d be playing I guess probably the wrong sport if I wasn’t emotional. I mean, I thought I played a pretty good match. A lot of close shots, a lot of close games, a lot of breakpoints here and there."

 

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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