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Bite-sized highlights from Day 13

by Courtney Nguyen
Sunday 8 July 2012

Simply the best: There was no better way for Roger Federer to win his seventh Wimbledon title, 17th Slam title, and regain the No. 1 ranking than to put in the performance he did against Andy Murray in the Gentleman's final. He was, to any eye, simply unbeatable, as he snapped forehands for winners at will, and threaded backhands for winners from all parts of the court. Inspired by the tournament itself (he has won more Slam matches at Wimbledon than at any other tournament) Federer played with the belief and confidence that has defined his career. "Of course I feel better here for some reason," he said afterwards. "I don't know why. But it's very unique and special in many ways, this tournament.

Braveheart: No one knew what to expect from Andy Murray in the Gentleman's final. He had not one a set in his three previous Slam final appearances and he was up against, arguably, the greatest player to ever swing a tennis racket. But Murray played the best final of his career against Roger Federer, who matched every shot with an even more extraordinary reply. It will give Murray small comfort to know that he did his nation proud in that final and won over fans all around the world with his classy display and dogged fight. It was not to be today, but he did well to build hope that his time will come. Sooner rather than later.

Team America: With Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond's victory over the team of Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina in the mixed doubles final, three of the five Wimbledon titles went to Americans. Bryan and Raymond joined Serena Williams (ladies' singles) and Serena and Venus Williams (ladies' doubles) as American champions. Want some more symetry? They're all over 30 years old.

Canadians complete the sweep: 24 hours after Canada crowned its first junior singles Slam champion they crowned their second. Filip Peliwo avenged his defeat at the Australian Open to defending Wimbledon boys' champion Luke Saville by beating the Aussie 7-5. 6-4 for the boys' singles title. In fact the Canadians walked away with three Wimbledon junior titles, as Canadian Eugenie Bouchard teamed up with American Taylor Townsend to win the girls' doubles title.

Not a dry eye in the house: Andy Murray's tearful concession speech, accompanied by girlfriend Kim Sears and mother Judy's heavy sobbing was a moment to remember from the Fortnight.

Stat of the day:


Weeks at the No. 1 ranking for Roger Federer come Monday, which will tie Pete Sampras' all-time record.

He said

"This year I guess I decided in the bigger matches to take it more to my opponent instead of waiting a bit more for the mistakes. Yeah, this is I guess how you want to win Wimbledon, is by going after your shots, believing you can do it, and that's what I was able to do today. It's special."

2012 Wimbledon champion Roger Federer after his win over Andy Murray.

He said

"You know, sometimes guys have taken much longer, you know, than others. I think [LeBron James] said after he lost in the NBA Finals last year, he said that he's having to go through a lot of nightmares before he reaches his dream. To me, I think I'm in a similar situation right now. Yeah, it doesn't get easier. When you lose, it's hard, it's tough to take, but you need to try and show strength of character to come back from it. Hopefully one day you get there."

2012 Wimbledon runner-up Andy Murray, on his perspective after losing to Roger Federer.

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