Wimbledon Tennis 2012 Finals: Highlighting Best and Worst of Federer vs. Murray
Not too shabby.
Of course, even in the loss, Murray also took a significant step forward. It was his fourth loss in a major title, sure, but he won his first-ever set and looked much better than he did in the previous three losses.
Despite the disappointment he's surely feeling, Murray proved on Sunday he's on the brink of winning the big one.
While these players both saw positives from the Wimbledon final, however, the experience didn't come without some lowlights.
Let's take a closer look at the best and worst from these men during the dramatic final.
Best of Andy Murray: 1st Set
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Andy Murray was playing for his first career major. He was trying to end a 76-year drought of Wimbledon being won by a hometown boy. He had an entire country desperately pulling for him. He had all the pressure in the world on his shoulders.
But he sure didn't play like it.
Murray came out with aggression and energy, not nerves, as he broke Federer (one of only two breaks during his entire match) on his way to a 6-4 opening-set win.
It was an encouraging start for the Scotsman, as he put together his best tennis during the first set. Unfortunately, Federer continued to get better and found answers for the 25-year-old as the match went on.
Worst of Andy Murray: Shoe Problem
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Not once, but twice did Andy Murray's slippery shoes give him major problems during the third set.
On the first occasion, Murray took a severe fall as he hit his shot into the net, and his feet fell out from underneath him. Just moments later, Murray was at the net with Federer apparently on his heels, but as Fed-Ex lobbed one over Murray's head, he turned to chase the ball but slipped and fell yet again.
Federer ended up breaking Murray during that game and went on to win the set to take a commanding lead in the match.
The falls, of course, came after there had been a 40-minute delay, and the roof was subsequently closed, causing the ground to be a little slicker.
Murray eventually changed shoes, but it was too little, too late.
Best of Roger Federer: Net Play
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To be honest, it was a magnificent performance from Federer. He was absolutely dominant and showed why he's the best Wimbledon player ever. Calling one aspect of his superb match "the best" feels wrong.
Nonetheless, some of Federer's most beautiful shots came when he attacked the net. His drop shots and volleys that were put perfectly out of the reach of Murray were just magical.
Fed-Ex makes those types of shots look ordinary, but when it comes down to it, they're shots we could only dream to pull off. He did that with regularity on Sunday.
In the end, Federer approached the net an amazing 68 times, which was 30 more times than Murray and about three times as many as any of his other matches during the tournament. He approached that many times, however, because it worked.
The new No. 1 was successful on 78 percent of his approaches, grabbing the point 53 times. That's a ridiculous number.
Worst of Roger Federer: Unforced Errors
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Finding a "worst" part of this vintage Federer performance feels a little wrong, but if I was going to nitpick, I would say he made one too many unforced errors.
Fed-Ex made 38 unforced errors, by far the most he's made in any match this tournament. He often struggles (for him) with getting a little sloppy at times, and that bit him on a few instances once again on Sunday.
With that being said, it's a testament to how well he was playing that he could put Murray away in four sets while only being broken twice, even though he made so many silly errors.