He's done it again.
After watching Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic own the tennis world for the past two-and-a-half years, Roger Federer has retaken the ATP's top ranking by defeating Andy Murray to win the Wimbledon title.
That marks his seventh Wimbledon trophy, tying him with Pete Sampras, and it now moves his Grand Slam tally up to a remarkable 17 wins at the biggest tournaments.
Let's recap his fantastic match against Murray.
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Surprisingly, it was Federer who showed more early nerves, despite the hopes and dreams of Great Britain lying heavily on the Scottish shoulders of Murray in this final. Murray worked an early first-set break, only to see Federer return the favor. But Murray broke him again to take a 5-4 lead and served to win the first set.
Murray looked like he would break Federer early again in the second, but Federer held. Then the rains came, sending the game to a delay that last nearly 40 minutes. Once play resumed, the momentum in the match seemed to turn heavily to Federer.
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After winning a hotly contested second set, the two players found themselves in an amazing game in the third. Leading 3-2, Federer was hoping to break Murray, and the two found themselves in an epic deuce.
After five break points for Federer, four game points for Murray and about 20 minutes of playing time, Federer finally broke Murray to take a 4-2 lead in the third set and took the momentum for good.
Despite not advancing to a decisive fifth set, this was an excellent, highly competitive match with some truly wonderful tennis. Murray may still be without a Grand Slam title, but he showed in the final that he is capable of being one of the game's elites.
Just not today.
Not on a day when Roger Federer was so consistently good, brilliantly coming to the net and keeping Murray off-balance with his legendary forehand. In all, he won 53 of 68 net points and smashed 62 winners to Murray's 46.
Murray's tearful thanks to the crowd for their support was a wonderful display—an inside glimpse at the pressure residing on the young man trying to win his first Grand Slam title not only for himself, but also to win the beloved Wimbledon title for his nation.
There's always next year, Mr. Murray. For today, you simply have to tip your cap to the greatest male player of all time.
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