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Federer vs. Murray: What We Learned from 2012 Wimbledon Men's Final

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Winner Roger Federer of Switzerland hold up the winner's trophy as runner up Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on after their Gentlemen's Singles final match on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 8, 2012

Andy Murray went into the 2012 Wimbledon Final without a Grand Slam victory. Roger Federer entered the final with six victories at the event.

Advantage Federer. 

Federer dodged an opening set loss, 4-6, to defeat Murray for his seventh Wimbledon title.

Here are three things we learned from this epic Men's Wimbledon Final.


Never Bet Against Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Seven times Federer has won at Wimbledon. He is once again World No. 1, and he is well deserving of that title. 

Once Rafael Nadal lost in the second round, it not only opened up Murray's side of the bracket, but also it guaranteed Federer only to see Novak Djokovic in the tournament.

When Nadal fell, the door was wide open for the taking. Federer made the most of his opportunities despite his early struggles, and now he's once again on top of the mountain. 

His slice was working to perfection, he was hitting his corners and his net presence was actually visible. It was a great tournament for Federer.


Maybe Andy Murray Can Win a Grand Slam


It leaves the door open, but he is only 25 years old and maybe he could catch another break down the line, possibly at Wimbledon where he gets so much support.

Watching him give his speech following his loss was something amazing to behold. It's the reason why sports is so great. The fans were great to him, and he recognized them by getting emotional after his match.

As Federer and Nadal continue to get older, Murray will have more opportunities such as this to make things happen.

Maybe he'll win one before his career is over. Maybe. 


Tennis Is Now Chasing a New Top Dog

With Federer's victory, he becomes the new World No. 1. With that title to his name, the bulls eye is directly placed on his back.

When the 2012 U.S. Open begins, the tennis world will be looking to knock him off.

This includes Djokovic who had to give up his ranking following his loss to Federer and Federer's victory at Wimbledon.

Federer's win at the 2012 Wimbledon Final only proves that he very well could be the greatest player of all time.

Despite losing some momentum and falling in Grand Slams, Federer proved that he is still the best tennis player in the world.

His No. 1 ranking helps his case. 

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