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.

Rosol defeats Nadal

Rafael Nadal has suffered a shock exit at Wimbledon in the second round. He was defeated by Lukas Rosol. However, the 11-time Grand Slam winner said that he’s happy with his form this year. World number 100 Lukas Rosol defeated Nadal in a remarkable match on Thursday evening at Center Court.

The 26year old Czech player hails from Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic. Nadal lost 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4 to Rosol in the second round. Nadal, also 26, had gone into the tournament after winning a seventh French Open title. After the loss he said, “You win, you lose. The last four months were probably the best of my career. I just played an inspired opponent.” Rosol took a 2-1 lead but Nadal appeared to regain control of the match in the fourth set which he won to take the competition into a decider. But the decision to close the roof of the center court affected his momentum and he finally succumbed to Rosol’s big hitting. He added later, “For sure [the decision to close the roof] wasn’t the best one for me but that’s what it was and I accept it, I accept that he came back and played unbelievable in the fifth. I was playing well in the fourth set and sure the stop didn’t help me, but that’s the sport.”

 

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