OT: Federer wins Wimbledon Final, Ties Sampras

Submitted by AKMuskie on July 8th, 2012 at 1:24 PM

4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Federer.  Ties Pete Sampras with 7 Wimbleton titles. GOAT? Andy Murray, 25, was so close but he will have his time. Very emotional. Roger always classy at the end; the consumate professional he is. Becomes new World #1 ranking.

Comments

Doc Brown

July 8th, 2012 at 1:27 PM ^

It would have been so cool to see Murray win it. Feds was too much after they closed the roof.  Murray should pounced on the two chances he had to break Federer in the second set. 

Jack Daniels

July 8th, 2012 at 1:35 PM ^

Really feel for Murray. He would have won a couple slams by now if not for Federer and Nadal, but that is just bad luck. He's had a great year, hopefully he can bounce back from the tough loss and continue to improve.

Jon06

July 9th, 2012 at 2:29 AM ^

when he's solidly behind at least 3 guys, he's not just unlucky to have been born at the same time as them. he's just not that good.

that said, i feel for the guy, too. i really thought he'd be able to win one of those break points in the second set and have a shot at closing it out.

artds

July 8th, 2012 at 2:20 PM ^

It's insane how one guy can be that much better than everyone else, particularly when he doesn't possess any sort of obvious physical advantage that allows him to dominiate his sport. He's just really, REALLY good. How many people enter these tournaments? Any yet he's in the finals, semis or qf just about every year, with more than his share of wins. Nadal matches up well against him head-to-head, but Roger is still the sport's best player.

jmblue

July 8th, 2012 at 3:33 PM ^

All the Grand Slams have 128 entries, so you have to win seven matches.  Tennis always seems very top-heavy like this, with the top couple of guys almost always winning.  The French Open for awhile was the one that was a little different because of the slower surface, but then Nadal took over there.  Now you can almost always pencil in Federer, Djokovic and Nadal in the semis of a Grand Slam, and Murray frequently joins them (but never can beat any of them).

Nadal going down in the first week this time was a shocker.

 

 

santy

July 8th, 2012 at 10:19 PM ^

The top-heavy state is of tennis is a relatively recent thing. Before Federer became invincible anyone in the top 100 could beat each other. Having the top 3-4 seeds in the semis was a rare thing. NOw with Fed, Djoko, Nadal and Murray that's become a common occurance.

Sopwith

July 8th, 2012 at 3:02 PM ^

but I have a quibble with ESPN's decision to not run a single replay of match point, even after they transitioned to the ceremony and post-match commentary.  Kinda an important point, Mr. Producer.  Might want to let us take another look at it, especially given that it was a very close play on the line that was called out (the crowd actually thought Murray had won the point, so there was an awkward silent moment after they realized it was over).

Mach Schnell

July 8th, 2012 at 3:28 PM ^

I wanted to see it again too, as I thought it was in also.  Murray was out of challenges though, so if it were ruled out, he had no chance.  It would have been pretty awkward for Roger to have started celebrating and then for it to have been overturned.