Roger Federer reaches the pinnacle of his tennis career

Roger Federer added another feather to the cap of his tennis career by gaining another record when he began his 287th week as world number one ranker. Roger Federer got his ranking as World No.1, by winning Grand slam 17 times after beating Britain’s Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final last week. The Swiss’s seventh title at the England Club ensured that he would be equal and then pass on Pete Sampras’s record of 286 weeks at the top of the ranking. Sampras won 14 grand titles in 14-year tour career.

It is hoped that the Federer will keep the number one spot throughout the London Olympics thereby extending the mark still further. The Association of Tennis Professionals or ATP also lauded Federer. The passion towards tennis showed no signs of waning despite his age and being the second oldest man after Andre Agassi to hold the top ranking. Federer also holds a 75-point lead over world number two Novak Djokovic.

Federer now holds best five titles in 2012 that includes his 20th Master crown in Madrid in the run up to French Open. In spite of equaling Sampras’s record of seventh Wimbledon title, Federer believes that it was not just his victory at the All England Club over Andy Murray in the final that enabled him to win the Wimbledon cup and return to the top, but also due to a series of high and low periods he had to face in his tennis career. For instance, his notably heartbreaking loss to Djokovic in the US Open semi finals last September where he was two sets to love ahead with match points.

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.

 

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