Roger Federer Eliminates Andy Murray to Win 2012 Wimbledon Men's Final

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJuly 8, 2012

Roger Federer won his seventh Wimbledon singles title on Sunday with a four-set victory over Britain's Andy Murray to cement himself as the greatest player the sport of tennis has ever seen.

Federer takes the #Wimbledon2012 title 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 v Murray with a longed Murray forehand.

— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2012

Federer has won his 17th Grand Slam singles title, furthering his own record that he set at Wimbledon in 2009, when he defeated Andy Roddick for his 15th title. This is Federer's first Grand Slam title since the 2010 Australian Open, where he also defeated Murray.

The Swiss star has tied Pete Sampras for the most singles titles in the history of Wimbledon with seven. There's no reason to doubt Federer's chances of continuing his historic success in England.

Federer on 7th Wimbledon title: "It equals me with Pete Sampras, who's my hero, so it feels amazing."

— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2012

Federer isn't as athletic as he used to be, but what he lacks in speed and agility, he makes up for with intelligence, composure and exquisite skill.

His resiliency was on display when he went down 0-2 in the first set, with Murray starting the match very strongly and using the support of the crowd to his advantage. Murray won the first set, but Federer was never rattled. He battled back to take the next two sets and control of the match.

Murray gave an amazing effort, one of which he and his fans should be proud. But in the end, the better player won. Murray will be a top contender at the U.S. Open, and he should use this loss as motivation in his quest to win the first Grand Slam title of his career.

Federer had a date with history on Sunday, and he is without question the best player to ever play set foot on a tennis court. Admire him while you still can, because we may never see another player like him for quite some time.