ROGER FEDERER HAS won his seventh Wimbledon Mens’ Championship after clinching the fourth set 6-4.
He defeated Andy Murray of Scotland, who has now lost four Grand Slam finals, and has reclaimed his place at the top of the world rankings in the process.
Murray had the pleasure of serving first in the fourth set and Federer, once again, made it difficult for him and not allowing any free points.
The Scot emerged from that game and had Federer at 30-30 in the next game but another Hawkeye line challenge went against him and the seven-time champion closed it out to draw level.
The crowd favourite, Murray, began his next service game with a double fault but was unencumbered in winning the next four points.
Murray problem remained finding a way to pose questions when Federer served but he could not do so on the next outing as the elder citizen won to love.
Losing the radar
Murray then conspired to lose the range of his forehands as unforced errors put him 15-40 down.
A phantom ailment, as so often happens with the Dunblane player, then appeared and Murray winced as a huge Federer cross-court backhand broke his service game and made it 3-2.
Murray then eeked into a 15-30 lead as Federer missed a couple of first serves but he spurned a glorious chance to make it 15-40 when he blazed a forehand long as the Swiss lingered in no-man’s land. The lapse was punished as Federer battled through to make it 4-2.
The fight was seeping away from Murray as he found the net twice in his next service game but an overhand smash was followed by an ace to leave it at 4-3.
Federer once again allowed a glimmer of light to the Scot when his next service game stood at 30-30.
His first serve was long and Murray went after the second serve but battered it left and wide. Federer secured the game by forcing his opponent back and finishing him off at the net.
The world number four was creaking as he tried to make Federer at least serve out for the title but he was drawn into another deuce game by the pure power of his opponent’s ball striking. An ace and a sloppy Federer backhand got him out of jail.
The Swiss, who will turn 31 on 8 August, was cheered back onto the court as he served for his seventh Wimbledon Mens’ title.
Murray struck the first blow but Federer was soon in position to clinch the title and an overcooked passing shot from the Scot put him back on top of the world.