Roger Federer didn’t exactly have the crowd on his side at yesterday’s Wimbledon 2012 gentleman’s singles championship game, as Great Britain cheered for the possibility of its first homegrown winner since Fred Perry in 1936.
Still, Switzerland’s Federer defeated Scotland’s Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, earning his 17th career Grand Slam, tying Pete Sampras’ record for 7 Wimbledon wins, and bolting back up to #1 in the world.
Fighting back tears post-match, Murray succumbed to the media pressure during his live speech, after being treated to a standing ovation that lasted almost a minute.
“I was getting asked the other day after I won my semifinal, ‘Is this your best chance? Roger is 30 now,’” Murray said. “He’s not bad for a 30-year-old. He showed what fight he still has in him. So, congratulations. You deserve it.”
But it’s not even close to over. Murray, 25, and Federer will be resting up and preparing for the London Olympics in just three weeks.
According to Topsy.com, “Roger Federer” and “Andy Murray” have each been mentioned roughly 38,000 times in the past day. Here are some top tweets from last night’s Wimbledon championship game:
Andy Murray plays tennis incredibly well. Trouble is Roger Federer plays tennis better than anyone has ever played anything, ever.
— Mitch Benn (@MitchBenn) July 8, 2012
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) July 9, 2012
Only Rafael Nadal could flash a grin, hold a fish, and congratulate Roger Federer for such a historic win via photo.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=…
— Ben Snyder (@WriterSnyder) July 9, 2012
Congrats to Team @Gillette athlete, Roger Federer on for his 7th Wimbledon title!!
— Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte) July 8, 2012
Long before Andy Murray, Monty Python delivered this sketch about how a Scot could win Wimbledon. I think. youtu.be/UMCNltgrs1U
— Joe Fleming (@USATgolftennis) July 9, 2012
Andy Murray – lost a match and won the heart of a nation.
— Tony Parsons (@TonyParsonsUK) July 8, 2012
Roger Federer: 17 time Grand Slam champion. Here are all his wins: twitter.com/FedererLive/st…
— Roger Federer (@FedererLive) July 8, 2012