Wimbledon Men's Finals 2012: Results for Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray
Roger Federer has done it again.
With his brilliant 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Andy Murray, Federer won his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title. It was a vintage performance from 30-year-old Federer, who simply looked like a machine before the tears began welling in his eyes following the championship point.
Afterward, he provided this quote, courtesy of Wimbledon's official Twitter feed.
Federer: "It will take me a long time to understand what I've achieved here today."— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2012
Although we may never know what this victory truly means for Federer, we do know what it does to the history books.
With the win, Federer joins Pete Sampras as the only men in the Open Era to win seven Wimbledon singles titles. The victory also makes him the world's current No. 1 player, meaning he will tie Sampras for the most weeks atop the rankings at 286.
As if that wasn't enough, this win extends his record of most men's Grand Slam singles titles to 17, effectively cementing his status as the greatest tennis player of all-time.
Roger Federer back to #1 after winning Wimbledon 4 the 7th time. One of the best athletes ever w/o question... #iamafan— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 8, 2012
Unfortunately, there were a few victims of Federer's magical performance, most notably Andy Murray and all of Great Britain.
The British have waited 76 years to see one of their native sons win the crown at the All England Club, and it looked as if the stars had finally aligned in their favor. Sadly, Murray's run through the tournament and his first-set victory over Federer proved to be yet another tease, as the 25-year-old eventually dropped to 0-4 in Grand Slam finals.
Understandably, he was overcome with emotion during the trophy presentation. He was charming and funny, but despite his best efforts, his disappointment got the better of him. He gave a tear-jerking speech to the appreciative fans, who applauded him as if he'd won the title.
While Murray's heartbreak is a captivating story, July 8, 2012, will be remembered as the day Roger Federer separated himself from all the other tennis greats.
Once again, he did the improbable, ending his two-year drought in Grand Slam tournaments, and proving emphatically that he is the best man to ever play this glorious sport.
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