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Roger Federer Beats Andy Murray in the 2012 Men's Wimbledon Singles Final

By Edited Apr 3, 2016 0 7

I don't watch a huge amount of tennis, really just Wimbledon when Britain has a player who is doing fairly well. With Andy Murray getting to the Men's Singles final, the first British man to do so in 74 years, this years final was a must watch.

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The match was possibly not as uneven as it sounded. Roger Federer hadn't won a Grand Slam tournament since the Australian Open in January 2010 - incidentally, also against Andy Murray - and between that and the 2012 Wimbledon tournament he'd only reached the final in one other of the nine other Grand Slam tournaments in-between, the French Open in June 2011. Murray had also beaten Federer on 8 of their previous 15 matches. With Federer now over 30, he's getting "past it" as a player, and is nowhere near his best of a few years ago.

Initially, Andy Murray got off to a good start, breaking Federer's serve in the first game of the first set and, even though Federer then broke back, Murray went on to win the set 6-4. Federer's early game was definitely not his best, and during the match he made a lot of unforced errors - probably more than he has sometimes made in an entire tournament. Federer did start to improve, winning the second set 7-5, just as it appeared to be on the verge of going to a tie-breaker.

Once the roof closed, the game changed. Closing the roof on Centre Court converts what was a game in the outside to one played indoors, and Federer is considered to be the best indoor player around. With the roof closed, such outside effects as wind are removed, making the ball much more likely to go where intended, allowing greater chances to be taken. Although Murray tried his best, Roger Federer just proved too good, winning the next two set 6-3 and 6-4, winning the championship by three sets to 1.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray became the first British player to reach the Wimbledon Men’s Singles in 74 years, even if he failed to be the first Briton to win the men's singles title since Fred Perry in 1936. He also won his first set in a Grand Slam final.

Roger Federer increased his status as the best men's singles player ever. This victory made him the only player to have won 17 major titles, breaking the previous record of 16 - which was set by himself in January 2012. He has equalled the record of Pete Sampras of seven Wimbledon titles of Pete Sampras (although in the amateur era there was a British player with an equal number of wins). Federer once again became the No 1 player in the world, equalling Sampras' record of the most total weeks at No 1 of 286. He also holds the record of the most consecutive weeks at No 1 (237), most finals for major titles (24), most semi-finals (32), is one of only seven men to have won all four major titles and the only player to have reached the final in each major at least five times.

This was the fourth Grand Slam final that Andy Murray has played, and he has now finally won a set. It's unlikely that Roger Federer has got that many more years in him so who knows, maybe Murray will come back to win next years tournament.

Andy Murray in Tears after Losing to Roger Federer



Jul 9, 2012 6:54am
Although it's sad for Andy Murray, I have a lot of respect for Federer. He seems a really nice guy. Thanks for the article.
Jul 9, 2012 8:22am
Yes, he always comes across as being a genuinely nice person.
Sep 7, 2012 10:45pm
Andy Murray is showing good effort in the recent years. So his first Grand Slam title isn't far away.
Sep 8, 2012 2:44am
Maybe this year?
Sep 8, 2012 8:04am
Of course, we need to wait for 2 more days for the results of US Open.
Sep 11, 2012 1:10am
Yes he done it in the US Open Tennis 2012. Congrats Murray for taking his first Grand Slam Title.
Sep 11, 2012 1:27am
Not only his first Grand Slam, but the first one by any British men's singles player in 76 years, and the first to win one in the Open Era.
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