Murray, who has spent his career facing down criticism over his battle-hard, dour countenance, melted most of the 15,000 crowd as he faltered through his runners-up speech.
The Scot, bidding to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936, was clearly overcome with emotion once his dreams had finally been shattered in a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 defeat.
With his mother Judy and girlfriend Kim Sears also weeping in the players' box, Murray said: "I'm going to try this (the interview) but it's not going to be easy.
"I'm gettting closer (to winning)," Murray said before having to take a moment to gather himself.
"I'd like to congratulate Roger. I was getting asked the other day after I won my semi-final, was this my best chance because Roger is 30 now?. Well, he's not bad for a 30-year-old.
"He played a great tournament. He showed what fight he still has in him. So congratulations Roger you deserve it."
Murray also paid tribute to the fans who had backed him right to the end of a gripping match.
"Everyone always talks about the pressure of playing at Wimbledon but it's not because of the people watching. They make it so much easier to play. The support has been incredible so thank you," he said.