If ever Murray had a chance to claim one for Great Britain, it was at the All English Club for the 2012 Wimbledon tournament. Federer struggled throughout the tournament with a sore back, faced a few long and arduous challenges along the way and lost the first set to Murray.
The Wimbledon trophy was Murray's to seize.
Then, Federer's inner champion awoke and mercilessly destroyed Murray's frail hopes with a beatdown of epic proportions.
The sad truth is that Murray was only there in the men's final due to a freak second-round loss by Rafael Nadal, who we later found out was dealing with a case of tendinitis in his knee, according to the AFP. Any other year, it would have been Nadal in the final against Federer, not Murray.
With Novak Djokovic and Nadal still in the prime of their careers, Murray is playing in the wrong era to claim a major title. He doesn't come anywhere close to those two in terms of talent, and Federer—even at the age of 30—has a better chance of adding to his legendary total than Murray does of earning a single one.
Federer is a threat to earn a spot in the men's final in every major he enters. Murray has only made it to a men's final four times in his eight-year career. The disparity between these two men is so wide that even Christopher Columbus would have a tough time spanning the breadth.
Murray's attempt at winning the 2012 Wimbledon title was both stirring and pathetic. He gave it his all, putting his body, soul and mind on the line in front of his countrymen...only to fall woefully short of his intended goal.
What's worse is that it was likely the pinnacle of his entire career—a truly depressing thought.