Federer bags his seventh Wimbledon title

Jul 09, 2012, 07:45 IST | Dileep Mehta

In the first indoor Wimbledon final and third Grand Slam final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray, the Swiss showed his dominance of past as he went on to beat the British Andy Murray to win his seventh Wimbledon title here yesterday, joining William Renshaw and Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles. Renshaw did it in 1881-86, 1889 whereas Sampras did it in 1993-95,1997-2000

With yesterday’s victory Federer’s Grand Slam tally reached 17. 

Federer, now is the World No 1 and by achieving this he has matched Pete Sampras for the total number of weeks as the world No 1 (286) weeks.

Rocking Roger: Roger Federer celebrates his win against Andy Murray at the All England Club yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Federer defeated Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and 24 minutes.

Federer, who last won here in 2009, yesterday became the first player to feature in eight Wimbledon finals.

Home favourite Murray who was trying to become the first Briton after Fred Perry, who last won here in 1936, could not break the jinx for the last 76 years.

Murray, five years junior to Federer, broke Federer in the opening game of the match. Federer, after losing his serve game in the first set, went ahead to break Murray’s serve in the fourth game. There was a balanced fight and Federer who was moving better got his chance of another break in the eighth game.

In the ninth game Murray raised his standard and broke Federer for the second time and held his serve in the next game to seal the first set in 57 minutes. The fans on the Centre Court were cheering for both, which gave deserving confidence to Federer, who came out well in the second set to save two break points on his fifth service game.

Rain halted play in the third set, after which Federer looked a different opponent. He played with much more exuberance and looked like the Federer of old.

By the fourth set, Murray had lost his movement and the level of his service also dropped. "It was difficult holding it for long, it was a tough match, Roger really deserves the credit. He made the best use of the situation," admitted Murray.

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