Roger Federer extended his unprecedented Grand Slam title mark to 17 on Sunday afternoon on Wimbledon's grass, after a four-set dismissal of contender and fourth-seeded Andy Murray (4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4).
In addition to taking home his seventh Wimbledon title, a mark that ties him with his former idol Pete Sampras, Federer's crusade through the men's draw also vaulted him into the No. 1 overall spot in the world, ahead of both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The victory was only Federer's first major title since taking the Australian Open in 2010, but set the stage nicely as the five-time US Open champ heads to the final major of the season next month.
Murray, who fell short in front of his legions of fans yet again in disheartening fashion, gave a teary-eyed speech after the match where he displayed obvious frustration about his inability to break though in a major. Though he opened the morning strong with a 6-4 victory in the first set, this latest loss is sure to send the 25-year-old Murray back to the drawing board.
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