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Sunday, July 08, 2012

TENNIS : Federer wins Wimbledon mens singles - Marray win doubles

Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to win a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon mens singles title and 17th grand slam trophy.

Federer who was seeded 3rd behind, Djokovic and Nadal, recovered from dropping the opening set to dominate the match and return to the top of the world rankings.

After sharing the first two sets, rain halted the contest for 40 minutes early in the third and when the players returned under the closed roof on Centre Court Federer took control.

Federer made the decisive break in a marathon sixth game and broke again for 3-2 in the fourth set before sealing victory on his second match point in three hours 24 minutes.

The victory ended Murray's attempts to become the first British man to win the mens singles title on home soil for 76 years.

But there was some long awaited tennis success for Britain when Sheffield based Jonathan Marray won the Wimbledon mens doubles this year, partnering Dane Frederik Nielsen and winning in 5 sets to become the firat Briton to win the Wimbledon mens doubles title for the same 76 year span.

Patrick Hughes and Raymond Tuckey were the last British winners in 1936

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