Federer Beats Murray In Wimbledon Final
After all the hype and hope that Andy Murray could win the Wimbledon singles final the dream died for another year as he lost to Roger Federer.
The Scot made it through to the final after 3 successive semi final defeats and there were real signs that further progress could be made.
He had looked impressive in his matches and there were signs that real progress had been made both in his overall play and in keeping his composure throughout the ups and downs of matches
Despite working with his new coach, former champion Ivan Lendl for only 6 months there were signs that he had achieved real progress in that time.
Murray became the first British male to reach a Wimbledon mens final for 74 years since Bunny Austin had lost but his hopes of emulating Fred Perry who was the last British winner 76 years ago were crushed by Federer.
Federer was equally anxious to win as he hadn’t won a major title in 2 and a half years and also wanted to equal Pete Sampras record of 7 Wimbledon wins.
The first set saw Murray really get into the match while, if anything Federer despite his wealth of experience in finals looked a bit more nervous.
Murray was to break his serve and manage to hold on and win the set despite a few nervy moments while serving himself.
The second set proved crucial. Murray was playing well and it looked very possible that he could go and take a 2-0 lead. But Federer stormed back and Murray didn’t even get the consolation of the set going to a tie break as Federer won 7-5. Early in the 3rd set the play was stopped as the rain started and the decision was made to shut the roof.
When they came back on both players seemed refreshed and ready to go again but it was Federer who began really pulling the strings. He was tiring Murray, forcing him to run all over the court with his choice of shots. Federer seemed to be back playing at his very best and before long it looked like it would be difficult for Murray to get a foothold in the game and that was the way it proved. Federer won the next 2 sets for a 3-1 victory and yet another championship.
Murray,despite defeat gave a good performance knowing that possibly nobody could have stopped Federer on that performance. But there were definitely signs that if he keeps improving under Lendl he could still be challenging for a few more major titles.
In the end though, an emotional Murray was in tears as he tried gamefully to get through his post match TV interviews. Federer received the trophy and paraded it to the fans who applauded him warmly. Despite it being a home match for Murray the atmosphere throughout had seemed less partisan than might have been expected. Both players had received good backing and they had both deserved it.
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