Roger Federer has won Wimbledon for the seventh time, beating Andy Murray in the final in four sets. The final score was 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 and the encounter lasted 3 hours and 24 minutes. It is Federer’s first Grand Slam triumph since the Australian Open of 2010.

The runner-up put in a brave and determined effort. Not wasting any time, Murray broke Federer in the very first game and although he was eventually broken back, managed to break the Swiss again, for a chance to serve for the opening set. He took that chance and the first set was his after almost an hour of play. Federer looked uneasy with Murray’s blistering pace.

Despite the second set being incredibly evenly matched, Federer began his fight back in earnest, converting one of the two break points he gained, whilst Murray allowed four to slip through the net. That was enough to claim the second set 7-5. The number three was beginning to look very dangerous.

The third set began on serve, but then the inclement British weather played its part, as a dark cloud moved overhead. It was a sign of things to come for British hopes. A delay of about forty minutes ensued, as a spell of heavy rain was deemed threatening enough to force the closure of the Centre Court roof.

Upon the match resuming, play was similar to that of before the break. Both players holding their serves well, until Murray took a couple of heavy looking tumbles in the sixth game. The Scot then produced the odd unforced error and despite salvaging five break points in a game that lasted almost twenty minutes, lost his serve. Federer looked strong at 4-2 up and duly confirmed the break with a determined hold of serve. His form continued and he took the third set 6-3.

Murray was to struggle thereafter, with his serving percentages well below average and his unforced error count double that of Federer’s. Murray saved one Championship Point, but could not prevent the inevitable and Federer took the title again.

For Murray fans and supporters, all is not lost. This effort was the best the Scot has produced in all of his Grand Slam finals to date. However, he was beaten by the incomparable Roger Federer and although the understandable disappointment was evident as he received his runner-up trophy, there is potential of much more improvement.

The day belongs to Roger Federer and the thirty-year-old will forever go down as perhaps the greatest tennis player in history. He regains world number one status once again.

James Muir

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