Wimbledon 2012: Conclusions Drawn from Epic Federer vs. Murray Final

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJuly 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) shakes hands with  Andy Murray of Great Britain after defeating him during 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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It's safe to say that the final match of the all-around amazing 2012 Wimbledon tournament taught us a lot about the scope of tennis.

For starters, just the simple fact that it wasn't Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic was a lesson learned in itself. But neither of these two players in the final is doubly surprising.

Instead, the 2012 Wimbledon was a chance for native Andy Murray to create his own legacy at an event where a British player hasn't won since 1936. It was also a chance for one of the all-time greats, Roger Federer, to climb back into the talk of who today's best player is and grab the No. 1 ranking yet again.

Federer ended up creating glory in a four-set match that was won by the score of 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Here's what conclusions the world of tennis can draw from this exciting final.


Federer is the Best of All Time

The legend Roger Federer had a massive argument to be the best of all time in his sport before his latest achievement, and this major win only reaffirms the inevitable.

Not only did Sunday's win add a 17th major to Federer's trophy room (the most all-time), but it also made him the No. 1 tennis player in the world yet again. What made it all the more epic was that he defeated former No. 1 Djokovic to earn that right. 

When Federer logs his next week at No. 1, it will break yet another all-time record for him: most weeks holding the top spot, breaking the tie he had formed with Pete Sampras a few years ago. He also holds the record as the only player to reach the title match of each Grand Slam event five times. 

Perhaps we should've expected him to win when we noticed he wasn't playing across from Nadal or Djokovic, but he still had to be at his best Sunday to win a title with Murray playing his heart out. He did just that and proved to be unbeatable for anybody.

Federer's prime years may have already done enough to make him the best player ever, but coming back from a dry stretch where two players have soared past him and winning Wimbledon in convincing fashion speaks volumes to his legacy.


Murray Will Win A Grand Slam Title 

I had to resist putting "titles," because the British native showcased his skill and proved that he's finally elite enough to contend at every tournament.

This wasn't Murray's first time losing in a Grand Slam final, and maybe it won't be his last. But he looked brilliant throughout the entire tournament and played a great final despite the weight of gigantic proportions on his shoulders.

Tennis is Great Britain's sport, in my own opinion, but it's hard for them to make such an argument when no native player has won their biggest event in more than 70 years. He was representing far more than himself, and he made it clear how important that was to him in his post-match interview/speech. 

Murray proved to be too much for Federer early, as he took the Swiss star's unpredictable shots and fired them back with power and precision that caused numerous unforced errors from Federer.

His style of play benefits when he's playing someone of Federer's (or Nadal's, or Djokovic's) status, which will only help him when he is playing in his next final. So many games in Sunday's championship came down to long deuces, which Murray was close to winning in many instances. 

A four-set match doesn't do enough to make the argument that Murray played one stellar match Sunday against the best player in tennis history. This was a day decided by the fate of the sport's greatest, and Murray's fate will eventually have him hoisting a Grand Slam trophy.