Blowing kisses cuteness personified♥
That look and the tears of joy one of many reasons I love watching this man play
WIMBLEDON, England — Once the Centre Court roof was closed, nothing could stop Roger Federer from winning his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title.
The 30-year-old Federer finally equaled Pete Sampras’ record at the All England Club, and won his 17th Grand Slam title overall, by beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday.
Once Murray’s forehand landed wide on match point, Federer collapsed to the grass with tears welling in his eyes. He got up quickly and shook hands with Murray at the net.
Up in the players’ box, Federer’s wife and twin daughters cheered and smiled as Federer took his seat to await his seventh Wimbledon trophy presentation.
Federer is now 17-7 in Grand Slam finals, including 7-1 at Wimbledon. Murray dropped to 0-4 in major finals, with three of those losses coming against Federer.
Besides Sampras, 1880s player William Renshaw also won seven Wimbledon titles, but he did it at a time when the defending champion was given a bye into the following year’s final.
Britain has been waiting 76 years for a homegrown men’s champion at the All England Club, and the expectations on Murray were huge. Thousands of fans watched the match on a huge screen on “Murray Mount,” but left the grounds still waiting for a British winner.
Inside the stadium, Prince William’s wife, Kate, sat in the Royal Box along with David Beckham, British Prime Minister David Cameron and a slew of former Wimbledon champions.
Many of them left a bit disappointed as well.
With his victory, Federer regained the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic, allowing him to equal Sampras’ record of 286 weeks as the top-ranked player.
At the start of the match, Murray was the one dictating play and winning the tough points. He broke Federer in the first game of the first set, and then broke again late before serving it out. It was the first — and only — set Murray has won in his four major finals.
The second set was much more even, and both had early break points that they couldn’t convert. Federer, however, finally got it done in the final game of the set, hitting a backhand drop volley that Murray couldn’t get to.
Both held easily to start the third set, but then the rain started abruptly, suspending play for 40 minutes. Shortly after they returned, it turned into a one-man show.
With Federer leading 3-2, they played a 26-point, 20-minute game in which Federer finally converted his sixth break point — after Murray had slipped on grass three times.
Federer lost only five points on his serve in that set.
Sorry Andy, guess you'll just have to wait another year for your first one, or you know until Roger retires :P.
No but in all seriousness I did feel sorry for the guy he played really well especially given this was his first ever Wimbledon final (handled the pressure a lot better then I thought he would).
Most of my tears consisted of happiness though. Cried right along with Federer as he dropped to the ground on that last point.
And how cute were his twin daughters waving and blowing kisses to their daddy as he posed with his 7th Wimbledon trophy. Adorableness ♥♥.
So that's number 17 overall & a return to number one ranking. Not bad for an old (30 year old) guy eh?.
Congrats Roger!. Knew you could do it!. 17 and counting :). You are and still remain the Greatest of All Time.
Still on such a happy high at the moment might comeback and add some more coherent thoughts on the match another day. For now I am busy simply basking in the joy.