Federer Overcomes Murray to Create History

Roger Federer created history by winning a record-equaling 7th Wimbledon title beating Britain’s Andy Murray. A huge sense of expectation was felt around the center count as all the pre-match talk was about how this was the best chance for an Englishman to end the 76 year drought at the All England Championships, as Murray was coming up against an ageing legend in Federer.

All the hype was starting to turn into reality as Murray went on to win the first set 6-4. Murray played some of his best tennis and upped the ante from what we saw till the semi-finals. He was serving brilliantly and was forcing a fair amount of un-forced errors, even of the Federer forehand. As it turned out that’s all the gas he seemed to have had as he fizzled out in the next set and Federer came back strongly, winning the set 7-5.

It was all even at one set and one game apiece as the rain came pouring down. A downpour often jumbles up all dynamics in a Tennis match as the break arrests the momentum and gives players unnecessary time to think about the game.

When play resumed, it was Federer all the way, as he swept past Murray to once again show the World the genius in him. The serving became better, the errors stopped flowing and the net play was incredible. Some of the volleys he played at the net were a sight to behold. The game ended in the fourth set with Roger Federer winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

The post match presentation was filled with two distinct emotions, one of relief and happiness for Federer and other of despair for Murray being unable to live up to expectations. Murray joked saying “I’m getting closer” and then burst into tears and couldn’t compose himself to utter another word for a while, such is the pure emotion the stage creates. Girlfriend Kim Sears also broke into tears seeing Murray.

It was all smiles for Federer as he won the tournament after a three year gap here, in front of his wife and twin girls and captured his 17 Grand-Slam title that was eluding him for a while. His seventh win here equals him with his idol Pete Sampras. The win also took Federer to the top of the ATP rankings, which will once again see him go past Sampras’ record of 286 weeks at the top.

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