Federer Defeats Murray for 7th Wimbledon Title

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 5:08pm

Roger Federer overcame Andy Murray and a crowd full of British fans to win his seventh Wimbledon singles title today.

Murray and Federer split the first two sets, but the 30-year old Swiss star stormed back to take the third and fourth set, clinching his 17th career grand slam title. It was especially emotional for Murray, who fell just short of ending Great Britain's 76 year Wimbledon drought.

"I'm gonna try and not look at him cause I'll start crying again, but everyone that's in the corner over there that's supported me through this tournament, it's always tough. We did a great job, so thank you," said Murray. "You know Roger's 30 now...(crowd laughs) and he's not bad for a 30 year old. He played a great tournament even though he had some struggles early on with his back and showed what fight he still has left in him, so congratulations..."

Federer added, "I think I played some ofJ my best tennis in the last couple of matches. It's worked out so many times over the years here at Wimbledon that I play my best in the semis and the finals. Obviously, I couldn't be more happy... I don't know, it all worked out. I got great momentum, great confidence and it all came together. It's just a magical moment for me."

Federer's win today not only tied him with tennis great Pete Sampras for most titles at Wimbledon in the open era, but it also put Federer back on top of the ATP rankings, surpassing Novak Djokovic.

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