So close yet so far. Andy Murray failed to win a Grand Slam for the fourth time in a final. After three disappointing final losses in the Australian Open and US Open, Murray lost to Roger Federer in his first Wimbledon final.
While it appeared to be a very close match throughout, Federer seemed to have control after the second set for the most part. Murray had his opportunities, but still showed his lack of experience. It was unfortunate for Murray, who had his best opportunity at a Wimbledon title in 2012.
Just watching the post-match interview was hard enough for fans. Murray's time will come, but with the 'Big 3' of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal still around, it will be tough.
It was a good sign for Murray to get a set off of Federer and make another final. He's getting closer to his dream of winning a major.
Next up for Murray will be a chance at gold at the Olympics. What better place to win gold than in London?
However, Murray must look at the Wimbledon final as a positive rather than a negative. Mental toughness has to be there for a guy like Andy. He has been through a lot, but he really played some good tennis. If he doesn't see that, something is wrong.
The Wimbledon final can be the start of something good for Murray. The summer hard courts are usually good for the Brit, and he would need positive energy to get through against top 10 players.
What Murray will need to do is start to become more of an aggressor and attacker. Players like Federer will not beat themselves unless the unforced errors are a problem.
Murray Mountain/Mound, Henman Hill—whatever you want to call it—will be as electric as ever once Murray battles for gold.
The runner-up in four Grand Slams will have to use the experience at Wimbledon as a building point to move forward in his career.
His story is somewhat similar to a LeBron James of the NBA. It took King James nine years to win a ring. Once you get that first one, the sky is the limit.
This is what Murray should be thinking. He got a little unlucky to see Federer in another final, but he gave the Swiss a little scare early. Having the roof closed also helped Roger's game in a big way. The conditions were more suitable for his game.
Murray, however, has been serving remarkably well on the first serves. The second serves have gotten a bit predictable and slow against top players.
He finally didn't have to see Nadal in a Wimbledon due to the early upset, so that was also another strong point. He gave Britain the excitement of a hometown boy being in a final again. The last Brit to make a final at Wimbledon was in 1938 with Bunny Austin. The last one to win one was Fred Perry in 1936.
Murray should use the Wimbledon final appearance as a start to something even greater.