Roger Federer booked another one into the record books on Sunday when he won his record-tying seventh Wimbledon. To tie Pete Sampras among the all-time wins list Federer was forced to play through four sets against Andy Murray, eventually ending the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion routed Murray under a closed roof on Centre Court.
Fans turned out in spades for Andy Murray, hoping that he could become the first home-grown Wimbledon champion in 76-years. The last British competitor to win at Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936. Among Murray’s fans were Kate & Pippa Middleton who attended the finals and cheered on the hometown favorite. Kate was also at Wimbledon with husband Prince William earlier in the week, also to cheer on Andy Murray.
After claiming yet another title Federer is now 17-7 in Grand Slam title matches and 7-1 at Wimbledon. Murray on the other hand has slipped to 0-4 in major finals, three defeats which came at the hands of Roger Federer.
Interesting note, the Sunday match was the first Wimbledon singles final to be played under the stadiums closed roof which was added to the All England Club in 2009.
No doubt Roger Federer will soon have his sights set on Wimbledon 2013, should he win during that Grand Slam tournament he will knock Pete Sampras off the all-time winners list with eight Wimbledon titles. It should also be noted that 1880s player William Renshaw claimed seven Wimbledon titles however during his reign as champion the Wimbledon winner was given an automatic bye into the next years finals match.