Wimbledon 2012: 4 Key Points of the Men's Tournament

Jeff Cohn@jeff_cohnCorrespondent IIIJuly 18, 2012

Wimbledon 2012: 4 Key Points of the Men's Tournament

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    The fortnight of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships in London was a truly remarkable thing to experience.

    Roger Federer met and defeated Andy Murray in the men's final, but it did not lay out as simply as that.

    The two faced several obstacles on their way to the deciding match and had to come up clutch in every pressure moment.

    The other members of the Top Five challenged the two athletes but were not successful enough to reach the final.

    Here are the four key points that ultimately decided how the tournament (and final) played out.

Lukas Rosol Capitalizes on the Sole Opportunity

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    The closing of the roof definitely did not help Rafael Nadal, but nobody thought Rosol would be able to come back and give as great an effort in the fifth set as he had in the prior four.

    He came back even better, to people's dismay, and looked to break early.

    At 10:00 he saw the only break point of the set on Rafa's serve, and when his opponent did not put the short ball away and hit it down the middle right to his strength, Lukas Rosol got the break and the match.

    This would further benefit Murray's chances of making the final. 

Andy Murray Steps Up to the Plate

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    Go to 2:09 to see a moment that could have eliminated Andy Murray then and there in the quarterfinals.

    David Ferrer was up a set and unsuccessfully served for the second set but had a great chance to go up two-sets-to-love in the tiebreak.

    Up 5-4 on his own serve, Murray played a smart point and moved the scrappy Spaniard around the court to get the mini-break back.

    Andy would fight off a set point on his own serve and win three straight sets to make the semifinals and, subsequently, the final.

Roger Federer Refuses to Be Defensive

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    When Roger Federer is faced with a break point on his opponent's serve, he lets up at times.

    But when he sees a set-point opportunity, he pounces immediately.

    The first short ball that Novak Djokovic hits in this rally becomes lunch meat for the Maestro.

    He was constantly looking to move forward and kept his cool when it came time to play a volley and overhead.

    This set set the tone for the match and Nole (with all of his mental strength) checked out in the final set.

    Roger was back in another Wimbledon final and led the head-to-head in majors against both of his potential opponents.

We Are Not in a Tiebreak Just Yet

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    Go to 7:25 to witness the turning point of the Wimbledon final.

    Andy seemed to be ready for a tiebreak, but Roger was never done believing in himself to turn the tide.

    He played four strategic and aggressive points in a row to earn the second set and level the match at a set apiece.

    He would not lose a set or even his own serve again in the match and would earn a 17th major title while catapulting back to the No. 1 ranking.

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