Federer defeats Murray for seventh Wimbledon title
July 8, 2012 · Print This Article
No. 3 seed Roger Federer captured his seventh Wimbledon title on Sunday at the All England Club in London, defeating hometown hero Andy Murray, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
After overcoming the loss of the first set, Federer increased his net approaches and aggressiveness from the back of the court to square the match at one set all.
Striking 12 aces and winning 76 percent of his first serve points, Federer gained more confidence in his game after a 40 minute rain delay took place at 1-1, 40-0 in the third set. With the roof closed and no elements to contend with, Federer’s serve became even more accurate when the players stepped back on court, and the next two sets were captured in easy fashion.
Tying his head-to-head with Murray at eight-all, Federer will take a slight 75 point lead over Novak Djokovic when Monday’s rankings are released. The Swiss star will also tie and break Pete Sampras’ record of being No. 1 in the world for a combined 285 weeks.
Federer and Murray will next see action at the Olympic Games in London beginning on July 28.
Murray was attempting to become the first British player since 1936 to capture a major title.