It was ac­tu­ally a per­fect game: Fed­erer af­ter beat­ing Mur­ray at Wim­ble­don

Bhutan Times - - Sport -

Seven-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Roger Fed­erer hailed his straight-sets semi-fi­nal de­mo­li­tion of Andy Mur­ray as one of the best of his ca­reer on Fri­day. The 33-year-old Swiss be­came the old­est All Eng­land Club fi­nal­ist since 39year-old Ken Rose­wall in 1974 when he swept past 2013 cham­pion Mur­ray 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 to set up a re­match of last year’s fi­nal against Novak Djokovic, a clash he lost in five sets.

Vic­tory put Fed­erer into his 10th Wim­ble­don fi­nal and 26th at all the Grand Slams where he will seek a record eighth All Eng­land Club ti­tle and 18th ma­jor. His vic­tory over Mur­ray was his most im­pres­sive per­for­mance in re­cent years and fea­tured 20 aces, 56 win­ners and just 11 un­forced er­rors.

Vic­tory put Fed­erer into his 10th Wim­ble­don fi­nal and 26th at all the Grand Slams where he will seek a record eighth All Eng­land Club ti­tle and 18th ma­jor. AFP

He al­lowed the 28year-old world num­ber three, who he has now de­feated in five out of six Grand Slam clashes, just one break point and that was in the open­ing game of the two hour seven minute match.

“It’s def­i­nitely one of the best matches I’ve played in my ca­reer. The first set, I don’t re­mem­ber point by point, but it was def­i­nitely re­ally, re­ally solid,” said Fed­erer who is now just one win away from be­com­ing the old­est cham­pion at Wim­ble­don in the Open Era. “To­day I was clearly able to play very well from the start. The be­gin­ning was al­ways go­ing to be an im­por­tant part of the game. “I had to save break point first, then I was able to start rolling on my serve. Played a great game to break.”

Fri­day’s win also took the seven-time cham­pion’s record at the All Eng­land Club to 79 wins against just nine defeats. It is by far his best Grand Slam tour­na­ment.

He has five ti­tles at the US Open and a win-loss record of 72-10, four Aus­tralian Open vic­to­ries from a 75-12 run and is 65-16 at the French Open where his lone ti­tle came in 2009.

Fed­erer has also now won all 10 semi-fi­nals in which he has ap­peared at Wim­ble­don. “I don’t re­mem­ber quite how ev­ery semi-fi­nal felt,” said Fed­erer, who first made the last-four in 2003 where he de­feated Andy Rod­dick be­fore beat­ing Mark Philip­pous­sis in the fi­nal. “It’s huge win­ning the semis, giv­ing you the op­por­tu­nity to be in the fi­nals, hav­ing only one more op­po­nent left where you can just go all out and just bring it. “Usu­ally you know what the sit­u­a­tion is. You’ve got­ten used to ev­ery­thing, pres­sure, play­ing well, mov­ing. Ev­ery­body’s tired or not, ner­vous or not. It’s just that one more match. It’s a beau­ti­ful feel­ing.” Fri­day’s semi­fi­nal also wit­nessed a 15-minute 10th game in the sec­ond set.

Mur­ray saved five break points -- the last on a 21-shot rally -- and there were seven deuces.

Although the Bri­tish player hung on in that game, he was never quite the same as Fed­erer quickly served up a loveg­ame in the 11th be­fore Mur­ray buck­led to a twoset deficit one game later.

“I said I was go­ing to play that game with no re­grets. The game was un­be­liev­able,” said Fed­erer. “He played some un­be­liev­able shots, great re­triev­ing. I had my chances. I didn’t get down on my­self. It’s ac­tu­ally a per­fect game, re­gard­less if I win or I lose.”

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