Roger Federer, Wimbledon Champ Again
Switzerland’s Roger Federer won the Wimbledon men’s singles title for the seventh time on Sunday. The victory tied him with Pete Sampras from the U.S. for the most men’s singles titles and broke the heart of millions of Brits. Federer defeated Scotsman Andy Murray in four sets. Murray was trying to become the first British men’s player to win Wimbledon in 76 years, since Fred Perry won in 1936.
Federer started slow, losing the first set to Murray, but was able to recover quickly and win the last three sets in succession to take home the title. With the win, Federer moves up to the number one ranking in the world and ties Sampras for number of weeks all time at that spot at 286.
Federer also became the oldest winner of a Wimbledon men’s single title since 1975, when Arthur Ashe took home the title. The win was Federer’s first grand slam title since 2010 and his 17th overall all. He lifted the trophy on center court while being watched by his wife Mirka and their twin daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.
Murray accepted the runner up prize, but had a difficult time expressing thanks his fans for their support. The Scot broke down crying on a number of occasions while thanking his coach, Ivan Lendl, his supporters and girlfriend Kim Sears.
After he regained his composure, he said he thought that following his semifinal win he would have a good chance at winning the final since Federer was 30 years old, but he said he learned quickly that Federer was not bad for his age, which drew laughter and applause from the crowd.