By a Newsnet reporter

Scot Andy Murray has lost out in his bid to become Wimbledon champion going down 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to Swiss Roger Federer.

In an enthralling encounter, Murray failed to prevent the Swiss legend winning his seventh Wimbledon title.

It wasn’t to be for the Dunblane man who had become the first male player from the British Isles to play in a Wimbledon final since 1938.

In a match watched by millions across the UK and around the globe it was Murray who got off to a flyer, taking the first set 6-4, after breaking the Federer serve twice.

A set up, Murray looked the stronger as Federer struggled to gain a foothold.  However the Scotsman failed to convert a series of break points in a see-saw second set.  With the set looking to be heading for a tie-break it was the Swiss player who conjured up a break point of his own.

A sublime backhand slice volley converted the opportunity and the second set went to Federer 7-5.  It was against the run of play, and a blow for Murray.

Into the third set the first two games went with service until rain caused a break in play with Federer leading 40-love in the third game.  Momentum had swung in Federer’s favour and the rain delay allowed Murray the chance to re-group.

With the roof on it should have given Federer an advantage, his indoor game is one of the best.

And so it proved, in the sixth game of the third set it was Federer who moved ahead breaking Murray after a mammoth service game, the Scot losing his serve despite being forty love up at one point.

Down two games to five, Murray served to keep the set alive which he duly did.

But it was Federer who took the third set holding his own serve and in doing so taking a two sets to one lead in the match.

The match appeared to be moving away from the Scotsman as Federer’s class began to tell.

The fourth set proved too much for the brave Dunblane man as Federer swept to take it 6-3 and with it the championship.

Take nothing away from Murray who held his own for much of the match and never gave up, but the Swiss player showed why he had won 16 grand slam titles coming into this final.

This championship win takes the tally to seventeen, seven of them at Wimbledon, and in doing so he joins Pete Sampras for the most number of Wimbledon wins.

Federer also equals the Sampras record for the number of weeks as world number one at 286, a record he will now overtake for certain.


# Dcanmore 2012-07-08 17:19
Jeez! That report was quick in coming!

Well done Andy, you done yourself and Scotland proud.
# the wallace 2012-07-08 17:25
Nae luck son,next time youll dae it.
# brusque 2012-07-08 17:28
He was so gracious, I'm bawling like a baby here.

Have to say, his reception from the crowd was stellar, and he thanked them for it.

Great stuff.
# chicmac 2012-07-09 23:07
Too much, too late IMO.
# lumilumi 2012-07-08 17:41
Well done, Andy!

What a thriller, great tennis. Maybe next time...

Hearing the crowd cheer him more than the champion and his funny and emotional speech... I'm reaching for the tissues here! :-D

Well done, Roger, as well. What an amazing player he is.
# Corm 2012-07-08 18:05
Its funny how a sport like tennis unites us yet one like Football divdes us. Anyway he will do it one day. Maybe as a Scottish player? =)
# derick fae Yell 2012-07-08 18:15
While not approving of sport in any way whatsoever, and indeed thinking all sports should be illegal, you have to say Federer is class. No shame to lose against the best
# Robabody 2012-07-08 18:48
Well done young Andy - you're getting there. No shame in losing to a great player.
# alanski 2012-07-08 18:49
Andy Murray was brilliant today, just a shame that Federer was at his amazing best - hard to live with.
# Jimbo 2012-07-08 20:10
Bad Luck, Andy Murray.

There's no shame in losing to Roger federer, the Jack Nicklaus of tennis.
# sneckedagain 2012-07-08 21:33
It's a funny game, tennis and a game of inches. Had Andy won the second set, as he probably should have, he would have gone on to win I'm sure. But in the third set his service, particularly to the right, began to clip the top of the net and you could see Murray trying too hard. It was on failing first services that he eventually lost. You can see it in many matches as the balance changes and tiny differences start to change the course of the game.
# Tom Pullings 2012-07-09 08:37
I actually thought that the real decline in Andy's game came after he slipped when play resumed after the roof was closed. There is no doubt that you have to be in perfect form to beat Roger Federer when he is at the top of his game and even the least upset or twinge will result in defeat. I thought that Andy Murray played amazingly well and he obviously has what it takes to win at least one grand slam and hopefully many of them.
# Diabloandco 2012-07-09 14:32
OT but this from the Herald,

Scottish Skier around to do the biz??
# mutterings 2012-07-09 14:49
Quoting Diabloandco:
OT but this from the Herald,
Scottish support for the Union hits five-year high:

Wings Over Scotland have done an analysis:
# scottish_skier 2012-07-09 16:24
Devo max Devo max Devo max…

Since Devo max has grown in stance – just about everyone has heard about it now – it is affecting the yes/no answer. It has got to the point now that even if the Y/N is asked first in polls, people are expecting to be asked about Devo max.

Devo max looks great – just about full independence without having to take that nervous leap into the scary independency unknown thingy…

The SNP are banging on about Devo Max – are they getting cold feet? Is this the fallback position that the unionists like to call it? Not at all, the SNP will make sure Devo Max is shouted from the rooftops right up until it becomes blindingly obvious that Devo Max will never, ever happen.

Devo Max seems perfectly reasonable; it is not Scots getting a better deal than the English, in fact it would just put Scotland on a par with England in terms of sovereignty/control. Devo Max would in fact be a partnership of equals, assuming Scotland could veto the use of its troops in overseas wars etc. This is why the SNP (and other pro-independence campaigners) will go on and on and on about it in addition to talking about a full independence, which is being dressed up to look like Devo Max with bells on.

So, the nervous will wait in anticipation for Devo Max to be the ballot alternative to independence (well, that does seem to be what the MSM, polls etc are all talking about so it must be going to happen surely...). At some point, they will realise that it's all a myth and Westminster will not support it (we know that, but those who are not paying so much attention may not). At that point, they will decide to vote for independence, after all, it's just Devo max with icing and a cherry on top.

I’ve been saying this for a long time; Devo max – or at least the concept of it – is the friend of independence.

As for the Y/N, if you are nervous about independence but very keen/patiently holding out for devo max, then if someone asked you if you are ready to vote for independence tomorrow (which was the question), what are you going to answer?

Add in variance and this kind of result does not seem odd currently. Not worrying me anyway.

To say this poll shows strong support for the union is a misleading. It actually just adds to the multitude of polls which all show the vast majority of Scots want the Scottish Parliament to control just about every aspect of governance in Scotland. The Yes campaign should be happy with that.

2 weeks is a long time in politics, never mind 2 years and the Yes campaign are playing the long game. Relax and enjoy the ride.


I should note that those 'colonies' that did not leave the empire with an element of civil unrest and bloodshed (i.e. fought their way out) generally all went through a gradual process of increasing disengagement with London. Think Australia, Canada, New Zealand etc.

Scotland is currently going through the same process which began formally in 1997 and is now well underway. The groundwork started just after WWI, with things moving inexorably forward at a steady pace post WWII.

The balance actually finally tipped in 2007, people just didn't realise this until 2011 made it obvious.
# uilleam_beag 2012-07-09 17:08
Very well put, Scottish Skier. I'm in complete agreement on your analysis of the SNP's devo max strategy, always have been. Of course, I'd personally much rather see a harder-line approach but I admit they are no far wrong.

From my own perspective, I feel devo max ought to be an option on the ballot, from purely democratic principles even though it would undermine the chances of an indy yes vote and be completely impossible to implement/unworkable in the long run. Being seen to be sympathetic to those currently without a political voice (in the party sense) can't be a bad thing.
# Diabloandco 2012-07-09 20:54
Thanks mutterings and Scottish skier.
# pa_broon74 2012-07-09 14:33
As you would imagine, on the Jeremy Vine Show today the first topic up was that Andy's speech was to emotional and didn't show enough (if any respect) to Roger. (Aye, we're on first name terms...)

It seems he's not allowed to be dour or passionate.

Mind you the JV Show is well known for having folk on who are only there because they're unhappy about someone else having the temerity to do something they themselves would not do.

I thought Andy's speech was gracious and served as a counterpoint to his on-court focussed (some might say dour) persona, if Sue Barker had cut him short, they would've been criticised for that too.

I seem to remember the same thing happening to Tim Henman.
# GrassyKnollington 2012-07-09 16:02
Apologies if this comment piece by Nigel Jones has been been linked to already

Leave aside Murray's reported support for the bitterly anti-English SNP (not the least enjoyable aspect of Sunday's final was to see the usual smug smile wiped off Alex Salmond's fat features) and you are still left with a man who, to many English, is simply not one of us.
# peter,aberdeenshire 2012-07-09 19:12
Jeremy Vine is the same every day, people bitching and moaning about petty little garbage often with quite extreme intolerant views.
As for the Daily Mash, saw quite a few similar comments on various threads, better together? I think not, there is a growing resentment of Scotland standing proud.
# uilleam_beag 2012-07-10 00:42
I wasn't able to watch the match live so was keeping up to date with the score on the BBC website. I was shocked at some blatant anti-Scottish digs that they slipped in. Probably the worst was the broadcaster's description added to a te,t message sent in late in the game from "a brave Englishman in Dunblane" -- the actual sms as published had nothing to indicate the sender's nationality nor any suggestion as to why he needed to be "brave" to enter a Dunblane pub.

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