Rather than continuously praise Roger Federer with superlative adjectives, it is much easier to simply look at his stats and specifically the records he has broken.
The two that are the most immediate after his victory over Andy Murray in four sets in the 2012 Wimbledon final are his tying Pete Sampras’s record of seven Wimbledon championships and regaining the #1 ranking. The ranking is most important because by doing so Federer equals the total number of weeks at #1 record set by Sampras and next week he will pass the record.
From Wikipedia a few others…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Roger_Federer
Now I’ve written about Andy Murray before and the problems with his game http://rgdinmalaysia.blogspot.com/2010/01/australian-open-2010-roger-federers.html but watching him in that final was like watching someone deliberately try not to win. Not “try” in the sense, he wasn’t making an effort to win but “try” meaning he was doing everything wrong. First off, whoever advised or coached Murray as a youngster to develop a two handed backhand instead of a one handed slice should be shot. Yes, a number of two handed players have won Wimbledon but they made changes to their games for the grass surface. Bjorn Borg and Lleyton Hewitt both had slice backhands and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both ran around their backhands and stood in. All four players play or played very aggressively on grass which as part of the reason they did very well there.
Andre Agassi, also a two hander and a Wimbledon winner, won because he took the ball so early on both the forehand and the backhand side it became an offensive shot. Murray, on the other hand, stands so far behind the baseline (and the distance got further and further as the match turned in Federer’s favor) and is far too defensive to do any real damage against someone like Federer.
Murray’s body language is that of a frustrated loser. One doesn’t have to be an ice man like Borg but the way Murray hung his head, his dour, droopy posture screams ‘I’m losing this match. I have no chance of winning”.
Part of Murray’s problem might be his coach-Ivan Lendl. Now Lendl was a great champion but he had many of the same problems as Murray early in his career – Had a reputation for choking in finals, lost his first several grand slam finals, had very negative body language also he never won Wimbledon. Perhaps a change of coach is in order.
Ina any event once the roof was closed and the variables were eliminated from the game, Federer went on kill mode. A fantastic performance and considering neither Nadal nor Djokovic are at their best right now, Federer has a very good chance to win a record 6th US Open later this year.