Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer Handles Andy Murray, Gets Seventh Win

Fred Altvater@@tolohgolfrContributor IIJuly 8, 2012

Roger Federer won his Seventh Wimbledon Trophy
Roger Federer won his Seventh Wimbledon TrophyClive Brunskill/Getty Images

Roger Federer collected his seventh Wimbledon Championship win which ties him for the most ever with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.

He is 30 years old and has won over $71 million in prize money during his career.

Federer the No. 3 seed had to go through the No. 1 seed and defending Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

The No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal lost in the second round.

Andy Murray a native of Scotland, the No. 4 seed, was the first resident of Great Britain to reach a Wimbledon final for many years.

Murray broke out fast and won the first set but Federer remained calm and came back to even the match by winning the second set.
The key game of the match came at 3-2 with Federer leading in the third set. 

It lasted over 19 minutes and had everything that a championship tennis match can offer. Soft feathery drop shots, long rallies, and classic serve and volley. 

When it was over Federer had broken Murray and taken a 4-2 lead. He would then serve out for the 6-4 win and take a 2-1 advantage into the fourth set.
Murray's body language definitely changed during the third set. There was a lot of head hanging, slumped shoulders and muttering after Federer took control in the third set.
On the other hand, Federer appeared to get stronger and seemed to float across the court. He ran around his backhand to hit laser-like forehands that continuously put Murray at a disadvantage.
Federer's net game was superb. Several times Murray nailed passing shots only to have Fed-Ex calmly return them for winners.
Federer's footwork was classic. For young players wanting to learn the game, they need to study learn from it. He is always on balance and delivers maximum power into every stroke.
Federer's first service was 70 percent. Murray's was 58 percent. But this tournament was won with footwork, classic shots and spectacular net play.
Murray had one last chance to break in the first game of the fourth set, but he missed the pass wide right.

To Murray's credit, he went for for the shot and missed it by only inches, but it was just one more indication that it was not quite Murray's time.

That was the last chance Federer would allow the Scot.

Federer just glided over the court and seemed to get stronger after his third-set win.
At 2-2 in fourth set with Murray serving and obviously struggling, Federer put on a clinic. He broke Murray and took a 3-2 lead in the fourth set.

Federer continued to keep Murray on the run throughout the fourth set. He served wide to Murray and then hit perfect cross-court winners off Murray's returns.

 When Murray did manage get a good return, Federer was able to be in position for his return.

Moving quickly Federer was always on the attack. Murray tried everything possible, but nothing could stop the onslaught by Federer in the fourth and decisive set.

He just needed to serve out the set for the win.

Not even 30-year-old legs and a bad back could not stop Roger Federer from completing his date with destiny, earning his seventh Wimbledon title and a return to the No. 1 world ranking.