By Randy Walker
Important numbers to take from Roger Federer’s 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win over Andy Murray Sunday in the Wimbledon men’s singles final — 7, 17, 286 and 76.
- 7 for the number of Wimbledon men’s singles titles Federer has now won, tying him with Pete Sampras and Willie Renshaw for the most in Wimbledon history.
- 17 for the number of record major men’s singles titles Federer won with his victory over Murray, now three better than Sampras in second place-all time.
- 286 for the number of weeks Federer will be ranked No. 1 in the world starting Monday, equaling the all-time mark set by Sampras. Federer will break the mark the following week.
- 76 for the number of years since a British man last won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon (since 1936), a curse, so to speak, that Murray was looking to end by beating Federer in the Wimbledon final.
It was an emotional conclusion to Wimbledon that finished under Wimbledon’s Centre Court roof in a match where Murray came out like gangbusters to capture the first set, before Federer hung on to edge out the second set. At 1-1 in the third set, the rains came, and after a 41-minute rain delay, Centre Court roof-closure delay, the match was concluded indoors, conditions that favored the hard-serving, forehand-belting Federer. The 30-year-old Swiss took control of the new conditions and seized the final two sets comfortably to win the title.
Approximately 20,000 fans were on the grounds watching the match on a big-screen TV on the named “Murray Mount” and VIPS on the Royal Box included Prince William’s wife, Kate, her sister Pippa Middleton, soccer star David Beckham, his wife “Posh” Spice, British Prime Minister David Cameron as well as many other Wimbledon champions, including Rod Laver, who on the first of his two Grand Slam s 50 years ago. Murray was the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1938 to play in the Wimbledon men’s singles final.
One of the turning points in the match came with Federer leading 3-2 in the third set, just after the roof was closed, with Federer winning a 26-point game, Federer finally able to break on his sixth break point opportunity.
Here’s how the day unfolded minute by minute via my Twitter feed from my @TennisPublisher Twitter handle, the documented all of the twists and turns, flow of the match an expert analysis from commentators and tweeters alike. For those not too familiar with twitter the “@” is someone’s Twitter handle – or profile – and “RT” means that a tweet is “Re-Tweeted.”
8:00 am “The most anticipated final at Wimbledon in the post war era” says Hannah Storm on ESPN of Federer-Murray final on pre-game show on now.
8:02 am Interesting that Paul Annacone, a former LTA coach charged with helping Brits win Wimbledon, now coaching Federer against a Brit in W final.
8:04 am “Don’t make it a bigger deal than it is,” Brad Gilbert on ESPN on what Ivan Lendl is trying to tell Andy Murray in Wimbledon final.
8:05 am “I think he just needs to be solid today,” says Gilbert, saying Murray shouldn’t try to hard to play “the perfect match” to beat Federer
8:09 am RT @David_Schwab Wimbledon Final sponsor matchup. Andy Murray (adidas, Rado, RBS) vs. Roger Federer (Nike, Rolex, Credit Suisse) #sportsbiz
8:12 RT @crosscourt1 Royal Box: Kate & Pippa, PM Cameron, Mayor B. Johnson, Tracy Austin, David & Victoria B, Ash Cooper, Emo, Frase, Rocket, Kodes Sedg, Santana
8:17 am “Pretty much every press conference the whole year I get asked about it,” Murray on ESPN on being first Brit since ’36 to win Wimbledon
8:24 am “It’s going to be really hard to hold on to Henman Hill if he wins,” Henman on if Henman Hill will be renamed “Murray Mount” if Andy wins
8:25 am “It’s kind of destiny,” says Tim Henman on ESPN picking Murray to win in five sets, citing Queen’s Jubilee year and London Olympics for UK
8:25 am “Pretty much every press conference the whole year I get asked about it,” Murray on ESPN on being first Brit since ’36 to win Wimbledon
8:28 am Two New Chapter Press www.NewChapterMedia.com clients in Royal Box today, Rod Laver, Jan Kodes. Both with great books, detailing SW19 victories
8:31 am Rod Laver’s memoir, co-written with Bud Collins, is “The Education of a Tennis Player” available here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942257626?ie=UTF8&tag=newchapre-20&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=0942257626&ref_=sr_1_1&keywords=rod%20laver%20education%20of%20a%20tennis%20player&qid=1341750591&sr=8-1 #Wimbledon
8:33 am Jan Kodes’ book about Czech tennis history: “A Journey to Glory from Behind the Iron Curtain” by Jan Kodes http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942257685?ie=UTF8&tag=newchapre-20&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=0942257685&ref_=sr_1_1&keywords=Jan%20Kodes&qid=1341750710&sr=8-1
8:45 am RT @mepucin On BBC, before he heads to ESPN, Johnny McEnroe says he picks Fed if its four sets; if it goes five, Murray.
8:47 am RT @christophclarey Andy Murray on BBC: “I’ll need to play a great match..need to serve well, need to return well, need to move well and make good decisions”
8:52 Neil Harman on ESPN equates potential Murray win at Wimbledon to 1966 World Cup win for England as monumental effect on UK sports, society
8:54 am RT @TennisNewsViews David Beckham “It’s a great moment for our country. It has been a great year with the jubilee & Olympics coming up.”
8:56 am @NeilHarmanTimes said on ESPN that his wife says Andy Murray, because of his scruffy look, looks like “an unmade bed”
8:59 am “The vibe here is absolutely electric,” says Patrick McEnroe on ESPN on Centre Court as Federer-Murray walk like boxers to the arena.
9:00 am “Roger Federer is cool as a cucumber,” says Patrick McEnroe on ESPN on pictures of Federer-Murray about to enter Centre Court
9:03 am RT @Ringham7 Great flag waving reception as Federer, followed Murray walk out ont to Centre Court. Andy looking calm; Roger looking like Roger
9:11 am RT @GeneHunter1 Breakfast at Wimbledon is not on NBC for the first time. No Dick Enberg. No Bud Collins. There is a roof on centre court. WTF?
9:11 am “I think the roof being open gives the edge to Murray,” says Patrick McEnroe on ESPN, Federer serves to open match
9:14 am Unforced error off forehand at 30-30. break point for Murray, first game. Federer misses swinging volley long. Murray breaks
9:15 am RT @USATgolftennis Just game and one point, but Fed does look nervous … and Murray does not
9:18 am RT @TennisNewsViews Lol! A person in the crowd shouted “I LOVE YOU ROGER!” Then finished with “I LOVE YOU MORE ANDY!”
9:18 am Federer missing a lot off the forehand side. Murray holds for 2-0 in first set.
9:20 am Roger Federer forehand rated No. 1 of all time by Steve Flink in new book “The Greatest Tennis Matches of All Time” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942257936?ie=UTF8&tag=newchapre-20&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=0942257936&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&keywords=Greatest%20tennis%20matches%20of%20all%20time&qid=1341753610&sr=1-1
9:23 am Federer holds. Down 1-2. Did that game settle his early nerves? Murray full of adrenline….
9:24 am Are there more people on Henman HIll/Murray Mount than Centre Court?
9:30 am “Why does it already feel like it is 3-3 in the fourth set?” Patrick McEnroe on ESPN. Federer breaks Murray back 2-2 in first set.
9:31 am Rod Laver says in this book, the most important point in each game is the first one “The Education of a Tennis Player” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942257626?ie=UTF8&tag=tennisgrancom-20&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=0942257626&qid=1336920533&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3
9:36 am RT @Ringham7 Murray not as aggressive as he was at start. Nets tame fh. 40-30 for Fed. Long rally & Fed bh wide. Deuce
9:40 am When Fred Perry won his 1st of 3 Wimbledons in ’34, he became the 1st British man to win since Arthur Gore in 1909, the year Perry was born.
9:41 am As Chris Fowler pointed out on ESPN, Perry is the only British man to win Wimbledon on Centre Court. Others were at Worple Road facility
9:43 am RT @MPhilippoussis U can’t give Federer an inch out there
9:44 am “That’s a big hold for Murray,” says John McEnroe on ESPN as Andy holds for 3-3.
9:46 am “These guys are fluffing these suckers up. It’s slow out there” says JMcEnroe of last game with first set of balls. Fed holds for 4-3.
9:47 am “This is a dangeorus game for Murray,” warns Patrick McEnroe, as Federer starting to find his range, he says.
9:49 am “Look out. Federer is starting to feel it on the forehand…As goes the forehand so goes Federer.” says Patrick McEnroe on ESPN.
9:55 am “C’mon” yells Murray as he saves a break point at 3-4, after Federer belts a flurry of backhands to get to break point.
9:56 am Murray saves another break point “He’s also got great hands” says JMcEnroe as the Scot hits a backhand volley that Fed misses.
9:58 am RT @HarveyAraton Murray laboring like its the fifth set
9:59 am “Murray had to sweat…but it’s 4-4,” says Chris Fowler as Murray fights off two break points
10:01 am Federer has to step up to hold here after losing two break opportunities in last game. Could be looking in rear-view mirror a bit on lost opp
10:03 am Unforced forehand error from Fed and Murray breaks, will serve for set. “And the Prime Minister shows his approval,” says Fowler on ESPN
10:08 am Andy Murray wins his first set in a major final, 6-4.
10:10 am Andy Murray has not beaten Roger Federer in a best-of-five set match..
10:21 am “Murray survives another test on serve,” says ESPN’s Chris Fowler. 1-1 in second set.
10:22 am RT @PaulFMcNamee Murray superiority on backhand is kicking in, and doing a good job staying away from Fed forehand…big hold for 1 all
10:23 am “Only three aces so far for Federer,” Pat McEnroe points out on ESPN as Federer holds for 2-1.
10:27 am PMac says Murray passed tests by reaching final, winning his set in major final, but “Now comes the last piece of the puzzle…can he win it?”
10:30 am “Misery loves company,” says John McEnroe on ESPN suggesting that deep down Tim Henman wants Andy Murray to lose
10:31 am “This is a big moment for Murray to get a set and a break lead” 15-40 on Fed’s serve 2-2. Mishit approach from Fed, but recovers w/overhead
10:33 am “He knows how big this game is,” says Pat McEnroe on ESPN as Federer wins four points in a row from 15-40 down, holds for 3-2
10:35 am Andy Murray return of serve rated No. 5 all time by Steve Flink in new book “The Greatest Tennis Matches of All Time” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942257936?ie=UTF8&tag=newchapre-20&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=0942257936&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&keywords=greatest%20tennis%20matches%20of%20all%20time&qid=1341757693&sr=1-1
10:36 am This match has the feel the 2009 Wimbledon final between Federer and Roddick, each chasing the same thing. Murray holds for 3-3.
10:40 am RT @PaulFMcNamee Fed responding to Murray aggression by uncharacteristically coming to the net…. good move to change tack and shorten points
10:41 am PMac says credit Lendl for Murray being aggressive today and credit to Murray and his defense for Federer only have 1 FH winner so far
10:43 am “That may turn out to be one of the bigger shots he hit in his life,” says JMac on Murray’s near decap of Fed at 44 in 1st set. 44 now in 2d
10:44 am “Danger time for Federer,” says Chris Fowler as Murray has break point, 30-40 at 4-4.
10:46 am “That was the first real sign of tension from Murray in the match,” says Pmac on ESPN as Murray hits backhand long on break point
10:47 am Another break point for Murray, but Federer saves it with an overhead.
10:48 am Andy Murray is retrieving overheads like he is Jimmy Connors and he is playing Paul Haarhuis….
10:49 am RT @PaulFMcNamee After Sydney or the bush backhand, Andy gets break point but Fed hangs on, yells a c’mon and holds for 54
10:52 am “He’s doing it,” says John McEnroe on ESPN of Murray playing his A-game when it matters. He holds for 5-5 in second set.
10:54 am “I don’t think I have see Andy Murray hit his forehand as consistently big as he has today,” Patrick McEnroe on ESPN
10:56 am Federer holds for 6-5 in the second set as twitter and TV reports that skies are darkening…
10:57 am Feeling a lot like 2009 Federer-Roddick final at Wimbledon. A pivotal second-set tie-breaker coming up?
11:03 am That was a ridiculous point! Federer crushes forehands and backhands and ends with a wicked-sliced body backhand volley winner. 7-5 Federer.
11:04 am RT @Aeddings Quite the spin on that backhand dropshot by Fed. All square, a set apiece, with Murray and Fed #wimbledon
11:05 am “That was one of the great shots you will ever see,” says John McEnroe of Fed slice volley. “Unbelievable English on that shot,” says PMac
11:06 am RT @TennisReporters A 5-6 with Murray serving, drop volley magic from Fed. SP: unreal pt ends with another drop volley from RF, sidespin this time. Set all
11:07 am “He has to be a little rattled,” says Patrick McEnroe of Murray, pointing out that Federer is an incredible front-runner
11:10 am The Roger Federer book is “Quest for Perfection.” That backhand slice drop volley on set point fulfilled the quest www.RogerFedererBook.com
11:11 am Murray needs this rain to come so Lendl can get into his kitchen a bit and keep him up. Murray holds for 1-1 in third set.
11:13 am Murray slumps a bit with his head down as he misses a forehand. 40-0 for Federer. Rain is here. Match suspended.
11:15 am The Andy Murray lob is ranked No. 5 all time by Steve Flink in “The Greatest Tennis Matches of All Time” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942257936?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=0942257936&linkCode=shr&tag=newchapre-20&keywords=greatest%20tennis%20matches%20of%20all%20time&qid=1340733788&ref_=sr_1_cc_1&s=aps&sr=1-1-catcorr
11:21 am To be a fly on the wall right now hearing what Ivan Lendl is saying to Andy Murray in the locker room….
11:23 am ESPN’s Brad Gilbert says the “good look” at a passing shot that Murray had on Federer’s serve at 2-2 in second set was a turning point
11:25 am “That’s the highest defcon” says ESPN’s Brad Gilbert when the tarps are raised when it rains at Wimbledon. 45 minute delay at least, says BG
11:30 am 1920 #Wimbledon dubs champ survived sinking of Titanic. Read narrative here: “Titanic: The Tennis Story” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937559041?ie=UTF8&tag=newchapre-20&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=1937559041&ref_=sr_1_1&keywords=Titanic%20Tennis%20Story&qid=1341761384&sr=8-1
11:41 am Don Budge won 14 straight games in a 22- minute stretch in beating Bunny Austin in 1938 Wimbledon final, last SW19 men’s final with a Brit
11:43 am RT @WimbledonRoof I am officially closed. Over to you Roger and Andy – my work here is done. My last day, so let’s bring the house down…
11:45 am Momentum was in Roger’s favor so that helped Murray. Indoor conditions favor Federer, so that helps Federer.
11:51 am Chris Fowler suggesting Lendl gave Murray a “Hoosiers’ speech…perhaps the William Wallace “Braveheart” speech would be more effective…
11:53 am 41 minute rain delay / roof close delay. Federer wins first point of resumption and holds for 2-1 in the third set
11:56 am “I feel like I am at Niagra Falls right now,” says John McEnroe on ESPN as rain is so loud on roof it is hard to hear. Murray holds for 2-2.
11:57 am RT @DavidLawTennis Those people on the Hill are nails. It is absolutely hammering with rain here. They’re all still there!
11:59 am RT @WimbledonRoof This is getting painful. The rain is hammering down on me now. For the good of tennis, I can take it though…
12:05 pm Hard fall from Murray as Federer hits drops shot with Federer leading 3-2, 40-30.
12:06 pm Slice lob and Federer rips forehand, Murray tumbles, break point for Federer.
12:07 pm Murray saves break point with first serve and ripping a forehand winner.
12:08 pm “There goes Federer” says PMac as he rips forehand, another break point. Murray saves with another “monster” first serve as Fowler says.
12:10 pm Bad backhand error from Murray, break point No. 3 for Federer this game. Murray saves with backhand down the line winner.
12:11 pm “It’s like he’s floating,” says John McEnroe on ESPN of Federer’s movement
12:14 pm Backhand unforced error, break point No. 4. Murray bounces racquet off grass.
12:15 pm Federer goes for a forehand winner off return and misses deuce again. 21st point this game now.
12:16 pm Federer backhand slices hurting Murray. Break point No. 5. Federer misses second serve return off his backhand.
12:18 pm “This is the game of the tournament right now,” says Chris Fowler. Break point No. 6 as Murray falls at net. Federer lob hits baseline.
12:20 pm “That is way too good,” says John McEnroe as Federer breaks serve. “That is a killer game to lose.” Federer leads 4-2.
12:21 pm “It is amazing how unruffled Federer is off the ground right now. It has to frustrate Murray,” Patrick McEnroe on ESPN.
12:22 pm 26 points in the game where Murray was broken, two more than Shvedova’s “golden set” vs. Errani as Chris Fowler just pointed out on ESPN.
12:23 pm ‘Murray in a 2-5 hole,” says Chris Fowler on ESPN as Roger easily holds serve. He is in command. www.RogerFedererBook.com
12:25 pm “This could be over in four,” says John McEnroe on ESPN of Murray’s negativity and Federer’s sublime play
12:26 pm RT @Barry_FlatmanST The longer this match goes on the more painful those 4 missed break point opportunities in 2nd set seem for Murray
12:30 pm Federer serves out the third set with an ace. He is one set away from tying Sampras, Renshaw with 7th title and a return to No. 1 ranking
12:33 pm Federer’s ace to close out the third set was his 9th. Murray has 10 aces.
12:36 pm RT @laurarobson5 Twitter, please keep me updated on the score! It seems not one tv in Sicily is showing tennis & internet at hotel is out
12:37 Positive start for Murray in the third set, says ESPN’s Chris Fowler as the Scot holds for 1-0 in the fourth set.
12:40 pm “He’s playing a great game, He’s really stepped up,” says John McEnroe on ESPN. Murray misses forehand pass shot on break point
12:42 pm “That’s ridiculous,” says Patrick McEnroe on ESPN as Federer rips forehand winner to hold 1-1. www.RogerFedererBook.com
12:43 pm First double fault of the match for Murray, 0-15, followed by second-serve ace at 91 mph. Murray grimaces after hitting ace.
12:44 pm Rod Laver says in this book, the most important point in each game is the first one “The Education of a Tennis Player” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942257626?ie=UTF8&tag=tennisgrancom-20&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=0942257626&qid=1336920533&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3
12:46 pm “Murray still grimacing a bit but holds to stay in front in the fourth,” says ESPN’s Chris Fowler. Murray leads 2-1. www.RogerFedererBook.com
12:48 pm “I mean I was moving forward,” says John McEnroe after Federer uses fake forehand drop shot slice forehand winner for 15-0.
12:48 pm Federer holds at love. 2-2 in the fourth set. www.RogerFedererBook.com
12:50 pm “Who’s the 30 year old?” says John McEnroe on ESPN as he and Patrick discuss Murray looking more weary
12:52 pm Just after three hour mark of match, Federer rips backhand cross court winner to break Murray to take 3-2 lead. www.RogerFedererBook.com
12:53 pm RT @MPhilippoussis Amazing play by Federer!
12: 54 pm “Marvelous vintage performance for Roger Federer….finish line almost in sight,” says Chris Fowler on ESPN as Federer serves at 3-2
12:56 pm Murray misses forehand pass long, would have given him 15-40 on Federer serve. “He let Roger off the hook there,” says John McEnroe on ESPN
12:57 pm Federer holds with two winners. Leads 4-2 in the fourth. Two games from more history… www.RogerFedererBook.com
12:58 pm “I never thought he could do it..” Patrick McEnroe on ESPN on Federer regaining No. 1 ranking
1:01 pm Murray mishits a 2nd serve, hits line, Roger barely tries for it, misses it completely. Murray holds. Fed leads 4-3. www.RogerFedererBook.com
1:04 pm “With the roof shut, the edge so heavily goes to Federer,” says Patrick McEnroe on ESPN. He holds for 5-3. One game from 7th title.
1:08 pm “How good is his racquet preparation. He looks like he is in the first set with his movement,” says John McEnroe of Federer on ESPN
1:09 pm Federer was five times, two points from losing to Julien Benneteau as Chris Fowler reminds all on ESPN www.RogerFedererBook.com
1:10 pm Murray holds. Federer will now serve for a seventh title up 5-4. www.RogerFedererBook.com
1:12 pm After Murray jogs to baseline, plays a hard point, forcing Federer forehand volley error. 0-15, Misses lob next point 15-15.
1:13 pm Federer ace down the T. Match points. 40-15.
1:14 pm Federer misses a backhand. Murray saves one match point.
1:15 pm Federer rips first serve, rips forehand, comes to net. Murray missed forehand pass long. Federer falls to the ground. He is the champ.
1:16 pm “It’s Federer again for a seventh time,” says Chris Fowler on ESPN as Federer falls to the ground in tears. http://www.RogerFedererBook.com
1:16 pm More history at Wimbledon but not the kind the UK wanted. Fed beats Murray 46 75 63 64 to win record-tying 7th title http://www.RogerFedererBook.com
1:17 pm RT @Stu_fraser Respect to Roger. I did wonder if he would ever win a 17th slam. He has just done so in stunning fashion. #Wimbledon
1:17 pm RT @JerrySolomon_SG Well coached by Ivan. Gutsy play by Andy. Roger just too good today. Congrats to him for an amazing win
1:17 pm RT @ErikGudris The return of the king. Federer in four sets. Returns to No. 1 on Monday. #Wimbledon
1:18 pm RT @Mphilippoussis Not easy to watch your opponent hold up that trophy in front of you!
1:23 pm “I am getting closer,” says Andy Murray to Sue Barker of the BBC, fighting through tears
1:24 pm “I am going to try this but it is not going to be easy,” Murray and Kim Sears, his girlfriend, in tears.
1:25 pm “He’s not bad for a 30-year old,” says Murray on court of Roger Federer
1:26 pm “The support has been incredible, so thank you,” says Murray. Kim Sears, Judy Murray crying. Murray hugs Federer.
1:28 pm “He’s done so well. He’s so consistent. He will at least win one Grand Slam. this is what I hope for Andy,” says Roger Federer
1: 29 pm “It feels nice….like it’s never left me,” says Federer of holding the Wimbledon trophy again for first time since ’09 http://www.RogerFedererBook.com
1:30 pm “I never stopped believing….it all worked out. It all came together. It’s a magical moment for me,” Federer on returning to No. 1
1:31 pm “It’s kind of hard not to get a lump in your throat there with Andy Murray,” says ESPN’s Patrick McEnroe
1:35 pm RT @HannahStormESPN Little Feds get to see Daddy win a grand slam for the first time! He says dream come true to have them there. http://say.ly/vwc3HXy
1:35 pm “Connors loved the fight. Sampras loved to win. This guy loves it all,” ESPN’s Patrick McEnroe on Federer http://www.RogerFedererBook.com
1:36 pm “I got a chance to show them where Daddy goes to the office” Federer to ESPN on his girls getting a chance to go on Centre Court last week
1: 37 pm “It’s wasn’t easy at all. I fought as hard as I could. Murray was playing fantastic. It was a pity for him,” Federer to ESPN
1: 38 pm “Absolutely,” says ESPN’s Pat McEnroe if Federer can win an 8th, 9th Wimbledon title. “I am done doubting Federer.”http://www.RogerFedererBook.com
1: 39 pm “Roger Federer: Quest for Perfection” the book by Rene Stauffer, who has covered Roger since he was 15 yrs old http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/094 …
1: 40 pm “I am going to throw Pete Sampras a bone. I still think he is the best grass court player of all time,” John McEnroe on ESPN.
1: 44 pm Great shot of rainbow over the All England Club…Federer with the pot of gold http://www.RogerFedererBook.com
1:46 pm RT @TennisReporters Murray: ‘Best I played in a Slam final. I created chances.Didnt give away bad games. Made good decisions.He played unreal when roof closed’
1:46 pm RT @Russellcrowe Federer, all hail,7th Wimbledon championship. Andy Murray,you are a champion in my eyes, one day mate it will be you.#riseandriseagain