Murray Excellent, Federer Sublime

| July 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

The new and improved Andy Murray gave it his best for God and Country but Roger Federer was a force not to be denied in Sunday’s Wimbledon Championship match.  Once viewers have a few hours to think about what took place on Centre Court, they will realize the quality tennis that Federer played in both his semifinal match and championship match.  On Friday, Federer overcame Djokovic and today the 7-time Wimbledon Champion shut down homeboy Andy Murray with incredibly precise groundstrokes.  But, it was Federer’s pinpoint serving that won these two consecutive high profile matches.

Federer played Djokovic who has an excellent return of serve and Murray, who possesses what many players believe to be the best return game, in 8 sets over two days.  He lost serve three times!  Nobody would have thought that possible before the Championship started.  But, the proof is in the pudding and Roger Federer will take home a hefty paycheck and his 17th Grand Slam title.

Federer appeared to have the luck of the draw and was only pressed but a determined Julien Benneteau on the road to the semis. Murray had to claw his way through the most difficult quarter in the tournaments. After a convincing win over Tsonga in the semis, Murray looked ready for The Swiss.

After Murray earned a break in Federer’s first service game of the match, he served out the set and appeared to have the momentum and the will to win.  Roger looked uncomfortable but as he always does he rose to the occasion and elevated his play.  What appeared to be an indecisive forehand at the outset, began to land with eerie cross-court accuracy. After winning the second set, Federer’s serve, groundstrokes and the fine net play that he used to defeat Djokovic began to take an emotional toll on Murray.

The deciding game of the match came in the 20-minute sixth game of the third set. Murray fought off break points, he gained the advantage but could not close. Federer’s drop shots and a slippery baseline caused the Scotsman to fall on three points in the game.  The crowd had at an unparalleled pitch as the players jousted. 

This final match ad tension, not the tension of a fifth set final but plenty of tension.  What it also featured was the highest caliber of tennis.  Murray broke twice, Federer broke 4 times.  Federer had 12 aces and 62 winners.  Murray had 16 aces and 46 winners. Murray had fewer unforced errors, 25-38.

What will always be remembered was Roger’s shotmaking abilities.  He fought off five of seven break point opportunities.  Beginning in the second set, Murray went from controlling the points to chasing down shots. The match took three hours and 24 minutes. The Birts will feel the pain of Murray’s loss but their guy did end a 74-year drought by reaching the finals.  The loss would be more painful Has not the miracle 30-year old Federer not been the champion.  Federer has plenty of fans in the UK and he did not do himself any PR damage today. It was a tough loss for the Scot but Murray is closer than ever to winning his first Grand Slam.    

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