Wimbledon 2012: What Went Wrong for Andy Murray at Wimbledon?

Martin Baldridge@MARTIN BALDRIDGECorrespondent IIJuly 8, 2012

7-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer
7-time Wimbledon champion Roger FedererClive Brunskill/Getty Images

The 2012 Wimbledon final saw Roger Federer reinforce his claim as the greatest tennis player of all time.

To win the Championships Federer beat Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to equal Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles.

But where did it all go wrong for the first British player to make the Wimbledon final since 1938?

A Strong Start

Many forecast that Murray might struggle with the pressure of trying to become the first Brit to win Wimbledon in more than 75 years. 

However, the Scot got off to a flying start, and following an early exchange of service breaks took the first set 6-4.

Turning Points

Mid-way through the second set though, Murray failed to capitalize on any of his four break-point opportunities.

With Murray serving at 5-6, Federer made no such mistake on the first break point which came his way; playing a sublime backhand drop-shot volley winner to level the match at a set all.

Here comes the rain again

A 40-minute rain delay at the start of the third set led to the decision of closing the roof.

Going into the match Murray held a 8-7 head-to-head winning record against the Swiss.

The GOAT though, is the best indoor court player in the world, and the Scot had never beaten Federer in a best-of-five set match.

A mammoth game at 2-3 in the third saw Murray serving at 40-love. But Federer somehow dug in to break, and held on to win the set 6-3.

The fourth set saw the 15,000 crowd get firmly behind their man. But the GOAT is used to the pressure, and closed out the match 6-4 in the fourth.   

So where did it all go wrong for Andy Murray?

A trick question if ever there was one.

According to Rafael Nadal in his 2011 autobiography, Roger Federer is the best player in the history of tennis.

His semifinal victory over world No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic was unexpected, but a sign that the GOAT is not quite ready yet to hang up his racquets and go play dad.

This victory saw him return to world No. 1 and increase his record of Gand Slam titles to 17.

He has now equalled, and in the next few weeks will overtake, Pete Sampras' record of 286 weeks as the top ranked player in the world.

Not a bad achievement.

The Wimbledon final saw Murray win his first ever set in any of the four Grand Slam finals he's appeared in so far, and a four-set Wimbledon final loss to the GOAT was no disgrace at all.

So congratulations to both players and bring on the London Olympics.