Not only did Federer win Wimbledon again at 30 years old, he did it against Murray and his home-field advantage.
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Murray may have been the betting underdog, but it sounded and felt like Federer was the one on hostile territory throughout this finals matchup.
After a grueling matchup that brought both men to the edge of their physical and mental abilities, Federer won his seventh Wimbledon title and his 17th Grand Slam title and will move up to the World’s No. 1 ranking.
Federer will tie and then pass Pete Sampras for the most weeks in history as the No. 1 tennis player, but it will be the skeptics he proves wrong with his success that will really drive him to continue to play at a high level.
While Fed-Ex was obviously elated at the win, the Twitter world had some mixed emotions from the start. Follow along as we journey through the wild world of Wimbledon finals tweeting!
CNN personality Piers Morgan breaks down the meeting of these two tennis giants and how the time for passing the torch isn’t upon us…yet:
Brilliant win #Federer - back to his best. Well played Murray, your time will come.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 8, 2012
While many congratulated Federer, former WWE champion John Bradshaw Layfield talked about how everyone who supported Murray should be proud of his effort:
Scots everywhere should be very proud of Andy Murray, he played great against Tennis' greatest champion, now 7 time Wimbledon champ Federer— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) July 8, 2012
Just like any sibling rivalry, the Roland Garros official Twitter page got in on the Wimbledon action with a very classy tweet congratulating the champion on the win and giving him the title much-deserved title of "legend":
Roger #Federer b. Andy Murray 4/6 7/5 6/3 6/4 to win his 7th Wimbledon & his 17th Grand Slam. He's World number 1 again! What a legend !— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) July 8, 2012
BBC’s Peter Jones was one of the first people on Twitter after the match was over who called Federer the best of all time. It is a very popular sentiment going around the internet and tennis worlds now:
Andy Murray did well. His time will come. Federer was amazing at the most crucial stages. 7 Wimbledon singles titles #bestplayerofalltime— Peter Jones (@dragonjones) July 8, 2012
As for the heat of the battle, Wimbledon’s official Twitter page tweeted a great picture during the match of Federer abandoning a point and just ducking out of the way. While it was a risky play, the Swiss star survived the battle because of his smart on-court performance:
While the overwhelming support of Federer has been evident, the truth of that matter is that Murray played a great game. While he didn’t get the win, he finally won his first set in a Grand Slam final, which ESPN UK kindly pointed out:
Andy Murray wins his first ever set in a grand slam final at the 10th attempt. He leads Roger Federer 6-4 #Wimbledon— ESPN UK (@ESPNuk) July 8, 2012
During the rain delay, a very sad documentary was shown on the early life of Murray and where he grew up. However, tennis fan Stephaun Anthony was right all along with his blunt but honest statement:
It really brings tears to my eyes watching this documentary on Murray, but when Federer retires, he can win all he wants #Wimbledon— Stephaun Anthony (@stephaunanthony) July 8, 2012
As for the final tweet of the matchup, ESPN soccer analyst Ian Darke summed up the closing ceremonies and the finish of the event perfectly:
Heart goes out to a tearful Andy Murray.Showed real grace in defeat. but Federer just too good.In presence of greatness— Ian Darke (@IanDarkeESPN) July 8, 2012
After the intense final—both emotionally and physically for all parties involved—it was Roger Federer who came out with the huge Wimbledon win.
While Andy Murray was not able to bring the victory home, the experience on the big stage is the kind that will make him a stronger champion when he finally does snag a Grand Slam title.
Federer may never win another title again in his career, but this will be quite the story to have if it is indeed his last.
Lucky for tennis fans, though, Federer isn’t going anywhere but to No. 1 in the world!
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