In another classic Wimbledon final, Roger Federer defeated Britain's great hope, Andy Murray: 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. It is Federer 7th Wimbledon title, and his 17th Grand Slam title overall.
The anticipation going in was rampant given what was as stake. Federer was attempting to get back to the top of the tennis mountain, a place few expected him to get back to given Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Andy Murray, of course, had the weight of entire nation on his shoulders, which could only increase the pressure that comes with trying for your first Grand Slam title. Great Britain, of course, hasn't won the Wimbledon singles title in 76 years, and Murray was the first finalist they had in 74 years.
In the first set though, Murray seemed to be withstanding the pressure, taking the first set, the set he had ever won in a Slam final (the 4th in his career). However, Federer was able to get his legs, and the rest of the match played magnificently, like he was turning back the clock to when he was the undisputed Maestro of Tennis. This wasn't a Murray choke by any means. This was Federer playing at a level that few, if any, can reach.
The turning point of the match came in the middle of the 3rd set with Murray serving down 2-3 in the set. Over 20 minutes of back-and-forth tennis produced ten deuces. In the end, Federer was able to get the break on Murray, both on the scoreboard and mentally. Murray fought until the end, but Federer was able to win the set and finish the match out in the fourth.
For Roger Federer, in addition to the trophy, he moves back into the #1 ranking in the world, another accolade that few thought he would ever get again. His case for Greatest of All Time has only strengthened, and even though he's almost 31, looks far from done.
For Andy Murray, the wait for that elusive first Slam continues, and for Britain, the long, agonizing wait for another Wimbledon continues for another year.
Roger Federer Wins 7th Wimbledon Title Over Andy Murray