Roger Federer Tops Andy Murray, Wins 7th Wimbledon Title

Sentimental favorite Andy Murray, the first British man to reach the final since 1938, was no match for a resurgent Roger Federer. Also: Serena Williams Wins Fifth Wimbledon Title

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Wimbledon 2012: 5 Things We Learned

Five thoughts about the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, from the old hands in an older person's game (Serena Williams and Roger Federer), to a fortnight's ups and downs, to Andy Murray's improvement, to inexplicable roof decisions, to ESPN's nearly perfect tennis coverage.

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VIDEO: Andy Murray Cries During Post-Match Interview

Andy Murray made it to the 2012 Wimbledon Finals, a feat that hadn't been done by a British men's player since 1938. The crowd was clearly behind Murray during the match, chanting his name between volleys multiple times. Murray fell short, however; after picking up the first set over Federer, he dropped the next three in heart-breaking fashion.

After the match, Murray struggled to keep his emotions in check during his interview. "I'm getting closer," Murray said as he tried to hold himself from crying.

"I'm going to try this and it's not going to be easy," Murray said as he paused and began to cry, with the crowd going wild at his display of raw emotion.

Murray continued: "Firstly I'd like to congratulate Roger ... Roger's 30 now, and he's not bad for a 30-year-old. He played a great tournament. He had some struggles early on with his back, and he showed what fight he still has left in him, so congratulations, you deserve it."

Murray thanked his coaches and trainers before turning to address the crowd.

"And last of all to you guys," he said before pausing to compose himself. "Everybody always talks about the pressure about playing at Wimbledon, how tough it is. But it's not the people watching, they make it so much easier to play.

"The support has been incredible, so thank you."

A full Wimbledon 2012 scoreboard can be found at SI.com.

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Roger Federer Defeats Andy Murray, Wins 7th Wimbledon Title

In the fourth set of the 2012 Wimbledon men's final, Andy Murray and Roger Federer continued to battle back and forth. Federer had won the second and third set after Murray picked up the first set. Murray took the early lead in the fourth set of the match, going up 2-1 and leaning on his serve to pick up some quick points.

Federer was able to rally and tie 2-2, not allowing a point to Murray in the fourth game of the set. Federer continued eating away at Murray, picking up points on his returns and forcing Murray into some mistakes. With Federer up 4-2 in the fourth set, Murray took a 40-30 advantage and closed out the set with a serve Federer couldn't return to stay alive in the match.

Federer took his fifth game of the set on a drop shot near the net that Murray had no chance of returning. Murray, faulting once on nearly every serve, was able to continue to stay alive in the final set and take a 40-15 lead, but Federer battled back and tied the game 40-40. After picking up the advantage, Murray hung on and pushed the set to 5-4.

With the crowd chanting his name, Murray took the early lead on Federer in the set. Federer quickly tied the game, however, and went on to pick up point after point on his way to win the game, set and match.

Federer wins his seventh Wimbledon title in four sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

A full Wimbledon 2012 scoreboard can be found at SI.com.

For more throughout Wimbledon, visit SB Nation's tennis hub.

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Wimbledon 2012 Results: Andy Murray Downs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga In 4 Sets

In Friday's second semifinal at The Championships at Wimbledon, No. 4 Andy Murray downed No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to advance to the championship, where Roger Federer waits. Murray becomes the first British man to reach the finals since 1938. And if he were to win on Sunday, Murray would be Britain's first men's champion at Wimbledon since 1936, when Fred Perry accomplished the feat.

Murray started strong, taking the first two sets from Tsonga, 6-3, 6-4, but the Frenchman battled back to win the third set, 6-3. His comeback efforts proved futile, however, as Murray took the fourth and decisive set, 7-5. For Tsonga, it marks the second straight year he has gone out in the semifinals (he fell to Novak Djokovic in 2011).

Federer -- aiming for his seventh Wimbledon title, a mark that would tie him for most all-time in the open-era with Pete Sampras -- will take on Murray in Sunday's championship.

A full Wimbledon 2012 scoreboard can be found at SI.com.

For more throughout Wimbledon, visit SB Nation's tennis hub.

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