Wimbledon 2012: Federer beats Murray to clinch 7th title

Wimbledon 2012: Federer beats Murray to clinch 7th title
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Published July 9th, 2012 - 02:52 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Roger Federer holds up the winner's trophy and waves to the crowd after winning his Singles final against Andy Murray
Roger Federer holds up the winner's trophy and waves to the crowd after winning his Singles final against Andy Murray
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Swiss superstar Roger Federer rallied for his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title Sunday, outplaying Britain's Andy Murray in four sets.

Federer tied Pete Sampras for the most career Wimbledon crowns after dropping the first set but then rebounding for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Scotsman.

The 30-year-old Swiss icon, who made the final after dispatching Novak Djokovic in Friday's semifinals, regained the world No. 1 ranking from the Serb while collecting his 17th career Grand Slam title, the most of any player in history -- but his first since 2010.

It feels great being back here as the winner ... it's a great moment, he said during the trophy presentation.

Federer reached seven straight Wimbledon finals from 2003-09, winning six of them, and was the 2008 runner-up to Rafael Nadal.

He capped a lengthy rally in the second set with a drop volley, breaking Murray in the 12th game to even the match before rain forced a 40-minute delay at 1-all in the third set.

Centre Court's retractable roof was closed and after play was resumed, the Swiss again broke Murray for a 4-2 lead to cap a marathon game and closed out the set with an ace.

Federer broke for a 3-2 lead in the fourth set with a cross-court backhand past Murray and cruised to the victory -- his 75th career title and his fifth in 2012.

Murray, meanwhile, fell short in his bid to become the first Briton to win a Wimbledon men's title since 1936.

The 25-year-old dropped to 0-4 in Grand Slam finals but broke a streak in which he had failed to win a set.

He also lost to the Swiss in the 2010 Australian Open final -- Federer's most recent Grand Slam title until Sunday -- and in the 2008 U.S. Open finale.

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After the final I felt totally saifstied of the whole tournament. I think it was the best tournament for a really long time. I am not a huge Federer fan, but he was literally unbeatable in the final. Yes, I think Benneteau should've beat him in the 4th, but how he responded is how only just Federer can. He deserved it and by the numbers, he is the most successful and the best tennis player of all time. I still doubt that on his prime, he would've beat Sampras on any other surface than clay. Hats off to Fed. He is the GOAT

Wafi (not verified) Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:09

After the final I felt totally sfiisated of the whole tournament. I think it was the best tournament for a really long time. I am not a huge Federer fan, but he was literally unbeatable in the final. Yes, I think Benneteau should've beat him in the 4th, but how he responded is how only just Federer can. He deserved it and by the numbers, he is the most successful and the best tennis player of all time. I still doubt that on his prime, he would've beat Sampras on any other surface than clay. Hats off to Fed. He is the GOAT

Alvin (not verified) Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:50

Oh, ANY comment about Rafa is ranevelt to this post (or any other post I put up for that matter - I don't blog as much about tennis as I would like to anyway). As for people who think he's only a good clay-courter: those chaps are clueless idiots who probably think the entire tennis season consists of just 4 matches (the Grand Slam finals). Besides, even if Rafa won 5 Wimbies, they would continue saying what they want to - so just ignore.Hope his knee is okay though - he played superbly against Murray but that kind of injury can suddenly swell up at any point. I only hope he doesn't go hobbling into the final and then lose to Roger by the same margin he beat him at the French!

Rosalia (not verified) Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:29

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