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Photos: Dominant Federer dashes Murray's dream

Last updated on: July 9, 2012 01:28 IST

Photos: Dominant Federer dashes Murray's dream

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Roger Federer won a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown Sunday, shattering tearful Andy Murray's dream of ending Britain's 76-year wait for an All England Club men's champion.

- Federer seals seventh Wimbledon title

Federer, playing in his eighth Wimbledon final and 24th Grand Slam championship match, won 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to join Pete Sampras and William Renshaw as a seven-time champion.

The Swiss great, who has also regained the world number one ranking, is just the third man over 30 to win Wimbledon following Rod Laver in 1969 and Arthur Ashe in 1975.

Murray, 25, bidding to be the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon, has now lost all four Grand Slam finals in which he has appeared.


Image: Roger Federer celebrates match point during his Men's singles final match against Andy Murray at the Wimbledon
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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'Best tennis in my last couple of matches'

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After sharing the first two sets, rain halted the contest for 40 minutes early in the third and when the players returned under the closed roof on Centre Court Federer took control.

He made the decisive break in a marathon sixth game and broke again for 3-2 in the fourth set before sealing victory on his second match point in three hours 24 minutes.

"I played some of my best tennis in my last couple of matches," Federer told the crowd after lifting the trophy.

"I couldn't be more happy. It feels great being back here as the winner and it's a great moment. It feels nice to have this trophy back after three years."


Image: Roger Federer returns a shot during his Men's singles final match against Andy Murray at the Wimbledon
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
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Murray took the opening set

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An emotional Murray struggled to hold himself together when he took the microphone after his first Wimbledon final.

"I am getting closer," Murray, who had twice lost to Federer in straight sets in Grand Slam finals, tearfully told the crowd.

"I'd like to congratulate Roger. He played a great tournament and he's not bad for a 30-year-old."

Murray broke Federer's serve in the opening game of the match but the Swiss immediately broke back to level at 2-2.


Image: Andy Murray returns a shot during his Men's singles final match against Roger Federer at the Wimbledon
Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
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Rain stops play

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Federer mixed up his game to increase the pressure on Murray but the fourth seed dug in and conjured up his second service break in the ninth game before serving out to seal the first set in just under an hour.

The second set went with serve and Murray generally held the upper hand but Federer suddenly found some magic in the 12th game and broke his opponent with a sublime drop volley to level the match.

Rain halted play at 1-1 in the third set and it resumed under the closed roof.


Image: Roger Federer and Andy Murray walk off court as rain delays play and the court is covered during their Men's singles final
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images
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Federer takes control

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Playing aggressively Federer began to dominate the rallies and the set hinged on the sixth game in which Murray slipped over three times and Federer converted his sixth break point to open up a 4-2 lead.

The Swiss, peppering the lines with his groundstrokes, clinched the set with an ace to move within touching distance of the title.

Murray tried desperately to cling on at the start of the fourth set but Federer sensed his chance, breaking serve with a brilliant dipping crosscourt backhand winner to lead 3-2.

Federer, in ruthless mood, was not going to miss his opportunity and after netting his first match point he secured victory when Murray sent a forehand narrowly wide.


Image: Roger Federer celebrates a point during his Men's singles final match against Andy Murray
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
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