Murray in tears after Wimbledon defeat

Daily Echo: Murray tries to stop the tears from flowing after his defeat. Murray tries to stop the tears from flowing after his defeat.

Andy Murray was unable to hold back the tears as he assessed his Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer The Scot took the first set on Centre Court but was taken apart by the Swiss after that, gradually crumbling to a 3-1 defeat as Federer took a record-equalling seventh SW19 title.

The loss marked a fourth grand slam final defeat from as many attempts for Murray - three of them to Federer - and when addressing the crowd, he was unable to keep it together.

''I' m getting closer,'' he said, as his voice started breaking.

He then had to step away from the microphone for a minute before returning to say: ''I'm gonna try. This is not going to be easy. Firstly I'd like to congratulate Roger.

''I was asked the other day: 'Is this your best chance, Roger is 30 now?'

''He's not bad for a 30-year-old. He played a great tournament. I know he had some struggles with his back, but he showed what fight he had. He deserves it.

''I'll try not to look at him as I'll start (crying) again. Thanks to everyone who has supported me. You did a great job. It's always tough.

''And last of all to the crowd. Everyone always talks about the pressure of playing a Wimbledon and how tough it is. It's not the people watching, you make it so much easier to play. The support has been incredible. Thank you.''

For Federer it was a 17th grand slam title and his first since he beat Murray in the Australian Open final in 2010.

Many had him down as a spent force owing to the emergence of Novak Djokovic as Rafael Nadal's great rival, but Federer had resoundingly redressed that and has now returned to the world number one spot he has not held since he surrendered it to Nadal three years ago.

He also had some kind words for Murray, saying: ''He's done so well over the years and it (his tears) shows he cares so dearly about his tennis. He will win one grand slam at least. I hope so.''

Of himself, Federer added: ''I think I have played some of my best tennis in the last two matches. It's worked out here that I have played my best tennis in the semis and the final. I couldn't be more happy. It feels so familiar (to win) and it's a great moment.''

His seventh Wimbledon title not only elevates him back to the top of the world rankings, but draws him level with the number of titles the great Pete Sampras won at the All England Club.

''It's amazing,'' Federer said. ''It equals me with Pete who is my hero, and the world number one, they don't get gifted to you.''

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9:06pm Sun 8 Jul 12

upwherewebelong says...

I really dislike Federer !! Tennis will be a better nicer more enjoyable game when the selfish self centred man retires. He's achieved everything let other players have a chance
I really dislike Federer !! Tennis will be a better nicer more enjoyable game when the selfish self centred man retires. He's achieved everything let other players have a chance upwherewebelong
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9:44pm Sun 8 Jul 12

Stnick1982 says...

Federer is one of the best tennis players in history if not the best. Why should he let other players have a go if he's still better. If it were up to you him and nadal would have retired at 24 and no records would ever be made or beaten
Federer is one of the best tennis players in history if not the best. Why should he let other players have a go if he's still better. If it were up to you him and nadal would have retired at 24 and no records would ever be made or beaten Stnick1982
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9:52pm Sun 8 Jul 12

SotonGreen says...

Man up Murray it is just a game ! You don't see nadal or djokovic blubbing when they lose, perhaps that has something to do with their success, it is mental fragility with Murray not raw skill.
Man up Murray it is just a game ! You don't see nadal or djokovic blubbing when they lose, perhaps that has something to do with their success, it is mental fragility with Murray not raw skill. SotonGreen
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9:59pm Sun 8 Jul 12

hedge end bob says...

I dont think Murray is mentally strong enough to win the BIG GAMES. He has the talent no doubt, but he can not break through the barrier and win when it matters.Several times today he was at 40-LOVE , but could'nt take the points, he must visit a hynotist and get it sorted.
I dont think Murray is mentally strong enough to win the BIG GAMES. He has the talent no doubt, but he can not break through the barrier and win when it matters.Several times today he was at 40-LOVE , but could'nt take the points, he must visit a hynotist and get it sorted. hedge end bob
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6:07am Mon 9 Jul 12

flatulence hero says...

Murray is a big girls blouse.

You are not good enough.

Federer is brilliant, stay on my son and show upwherewebelong
he is an absolute idiot.
Murray is a big girls blouse. You are not good enough. Federer is brilliant, stay on my son and show upwherewebelong he is an absolute idiot. flatulence hero
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8:01am Mon 9 Jul 12

7willj77 says...

We want an English Champion, not Scottish!
We want an English Champion, not Scottish! 7willj77
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8:49am Mon 9 Jul 12

flatulence hero says...

No, No he is blowing snot into his hand to ready to shake his hand with the better player Federer.

That's a Scot for you.
No, No he is blowing snot into his hand to ready to shake his hand with the better player Federer. That's a Scot for you. flatulence hero
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9:16am Mon 9 Jul 12

SaintAsh1964 says...

Nothing better than seeing a grown up Scot crying live on TV, classic.
Nothing better than seeing a grown up Scot crying live on TV, classic. SaintAsh1964
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12:59pm Mon 9 Jul 12

townieboy says...

Glad to see Murray lost. Hope is weird mum cried too, lol
Glad to see Murray lost. Hope is weird mum cried too, lol townieboy
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5:18pm Mon 9 Jul 12

TottonStag says...

You are all pathetic.
You are all pathetic. TottonStag
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