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Top 10 moments at the All England Club in 2012

Andy Murray climbs up to his box to celebrate his gold
by Mark Hodgkinson
Friday 7 December 2012

There were many memorable occasions within the grounds of the All England Club in 2012 as both The Championships and the Olympic tennis event made the headlines... 

1. An 11-year-old boy emerges from the Centre Court crowd to hug Andy Murray after the Briton wins Olympic gold in the singles competition by beating Roger Federer. "As soon as Andy Murray won I was crying with joy," Henry Caplan said. "I was hugging my dad and the next moment I was gone. I had to go. I was down near the Royal Box area in front of Roger Federer's family and then I hugged Andy Murray. I just thought I had to be there." Henry's father said: "My son was so overwhelmed with emotion. I was hugging him when he said 'let me go', and I didn't know what was going on. Then the lady next to me said, 'your son is on television' and I looked up and there he was. He should not have left my side, of course. But I'm so proud of him."

2. Roger Federer adds to his record Grand Slam collection by beating Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final. The day that the Swiss won his 17th Grand Slam singles title was also the occasion when he demonstrated just how brilliant he is indoors, with the match completed under the closed roof of Centre Court.

3. Andy Murray's tears after finishing as the runner-up to Roger Federer at The Championships. There aren't that many beaten Grand Slam finalists who would wipe their tears on their sleeve and then head to the filming of a comedy panel show. Somewhere where they are likely to be "picked on". There are few more appealing character traits than the ability to laugh at yourself, and so all those changed their mind about Andy Murray, after he wept on Centre Court, probably liked him even more after he dared to accept an invitation to sit in the audience for BBC's Mock the Week.

4. Serena Williams dances on the Centre Court grass after winning the Olympics to complete her career golden Slam for singles. "I don't think I've ever danced like that," said the Californian after performing what was said to be 'a Crip Walk' from the Los Angeles ganglands. "I don't even know where that dance came from."

5. Roger Federer's semi-final victory over Juan Martin Del Potro at the Olympic tournament, which included a 19-17 third set - it took almost four and a half hours, and was the longest three-set match of the Open era. Has the 'shortened' version of the game, the supposedly 'fast-food', snacky three-setter, ever been so compelling and so satisfying? The traditionalist - and he probably wasn't at the All England Club during the Games, scared off by the mauve, the Pet Shop Boys and Federer's red T-shirts - will tell you that only matches played over the best of five sets will truly test someone's skill, resolve, emotions and concentration. This was the match to change that view.

6. Andy Murray and Laura Robson won a silver medal in the mixed doubles tournament at the Olympics. "I just want to thank Andy for playing with me. It's been one of the best weeks of my life. I was just happy to be in the final," said Robson, after defeat to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus.

7. Jonny Marray becomes the first British man since 1936 to win the Wimbledon doubles title, in a wild card partnership with Denmark's Frederik Nielsen. Over the years, Marray had thought about retirement: "When you're not earning any money, you get down, you question whether it's for you, especially when you're making sacrifices," Marray told The Guardian." You know it's not a normal kind of life. Your mates are back at home, you're always on the road going to these crappy little tournaments, and you think, is this worth it?"

8. Serena Williams beats Agnieszka Radwanska in the Wimbledon final. Williams has since said that she felt a sense of panic after Radwanska levelled the match at one set apiece. "After that I thought, 'I'm never going to win another grand slam, I'm going to be stuck at 13 for the rest of my life'. I know I'm good at tennis. And I get nervous, I get apprehensive, I have all those feelings. I do hide them. I'm a good actress. But I have all those emotions and feelings, which I think is completely normal. And then sometimes, I think really what helps me is I'm really strong mentally, so it helps me get through it."

9. The Bryan brothers win the Olympic doubles tournament. "I can tell you there's no better feeling than this, winning for each other, for our team and for our country. It brought a different level of intensity to our tennis," Bob Bryan said. "To hear the national anthem and stand on the podium, we could shut down our careers today and be happy for the rest of our lives."

10. The Williams sisters win the Olympic doubles title. It was the third doubles gold for the Californian sister, after victories in Sydney in 2000 and in Beijing in 2008, and almost as soon as they walked off Centre Court, Venus was thinking about trying to win a fourth Olympic title at the 2016 Games in Brazil.

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