He may not have been winning a lot recently, but Roger Federer is back in business. The Swiss not only managed to win the Wimbledon title for the seventh time defeating Britain’s Andy Murray but he also claimed the Cup that used to belong to him. Out of all his handful of finals at the Wimbledon, this one was by far the most difficult since he was playing an opponent with young legs, humungous support and an ambition to create history. The only thing that kept Federer going was his will to claim what was rightfully his!
The rain came to Andy Murray’s aid, the British Prime Minister David Cameron was there to cheer for him and all the celebrities in the Queen’s land were there at the Center Court to root for Murray so that he can emulate Fred Perry by winning the title, not follow Bunny Austin who reached the final 74 years back. Although his path to the final were marred by opponents like Ivo Karlovic who claimed to be victims of biased umpiring, Murray was being touted as the champion even before the match started. Be it the media, the press or the commentators, all believed that Roger Federer would not be able to add to his 16 Grand Slam titles, and Murray would emerge victorious.
But all the queen’s horses and men were unable to stop Federer’s rise to the top position in the world, as he reclaimed the Wimbledon title by using all his experience at the All England’s club. He didn’t play the match as well as he expected but his worst was better than Murray’s best. Federer hit 12 aces compared to Murray’s 16, he had 3 double faults to his name whereas Murray had just 1. Even the former champion’s fastest serve at 130 miles per hour was slower than Murray’s at 133 miles per hour. Yet he had a better 1st serves in rate (69% compared to Murray’s 56%), won more net points (78% compared to 62%) and broke Murray’s serve more than the Scot broke his. He even hit 62 winners compared to Murray who hit 46 … no doubt he emerged victorious after all!
A look at Federer’s recent record suggests that he plays better when he is one-set down. That’s exactly what happened in the final as well where Murray took the first set, but failed to stop Roger from claiming the other three. He may not be able to win another Grand Slam, but Roger Federer has stamped his authority at the Wimbledon by equalling Pete Sampras’ record of 7 titles. Ironically, it was Federer who halted Sampras’ golden run at the Wimbledon in 2001… let’s see who halts the Federer Express which seems to know no boundary at the moment!