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This week’s edition of World Tennis News reviews the finals of the 2012 Championships, Wimbledon as the year’s third Grand Slam concluded at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Roger Federer was back to his vintage best to defeat British No.1 Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 and become only the third man ever to win seven Wimbledon singles titles.
Victory gives the Swiss 30 year-old a 17th Grand Slam title, extending his all-time record, and ensures he regains the World No.1 ranking to equal Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks at the top spot.
Murray showed no sign of nerves in his first Wimbledon final, the first British man to achieve this since 1938, and made a superb start. The fourth seed forced Federer into error on the first point and quickly had an early break to lead 2-0.
Although Federer broke back in the fourth game, Murray remained strong and saved two break points in the eighth game. The Briton broke Federer again to lead 5-4 and sealed the opening set with a service winner after 57 minutes.
Murray continued to pressure the Swiss in the second set. Having staved off a break point in the second game Murray held two break points on the Federer serve in the fifth and ninth games. Federer hung on both times and struck in the twelfth game with four points in a row, against the run of play, to break Murray and level the match with a delicate backhand stop volley.
Heavy rain drove the players from the court at 1-1 in the third and forced the roof to be closed. Upon the resumption a marathon 19 minute sixth game proved crucial. After ten deuces Federer broke Murray on his sixth break point by forcing the Briton into error with a huge forehand into the corner.
The Swiss third seed remained strong on serve to clinch the set. However Murray’s level remained high and he created a break point in the second game of the fourth set only to see a forehand passing shot land just wide of the sideline.
Federer clinched the vital break in the sixth game with a dazzling backhand passing shot. The British No.1 pushed the Swiss hard in his final two service games but Federer created two Championship points in the tenth game.
Murray saved the first with a heavy backhand forcing Federer into error but saw a forehand passing shot land just wide on the second as Federer completed a historic victory after three hours and 24 minutes of play.
Read more about the Men’s singles final.
Stat Attack – Federer
Stat Attack – Murray
Serena Williams won a fifth Wimbledon singles title by seeing off third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the first three-set women’s final at Wimbledon for six years.
Victory gives the 30 year-old American a 14th Grand Slam title and ensures she is the first woman for 22 years to win a Grand Slam in her thirties since Martina Navratilova won in 1990.
Williams had opened the final with a blistering backhand winner and was soon a break ahead as Radwanska appeared to be affected by nerves in her first Grand Slam final.
The American sixth seed broke again for 4-0 with a backhand return winner and took the opening set three games later with a service winner.
After a rain delay Williams broke to love to lead 2-1 and appeared on course for a dominant victory. However the tenacious Radwanska fought back and broke the American in the eighth game when Williams went long with a forehand.
Radwanska inched ahead and the Pole broke in the eleventh game to level the match when Williams netted a backhand.
Radwanska battled through some hard fought games to lead 2-1 in the decider before Williams moved up through the gears.
The 30 year-old served a perfect game of four aces to level at 2-2 and then broke serve in the fifth game by forcing Radwanska into error with a big crosscourt backhand.
The former World No.1 broke again for 5-2 and a service winner setup Championship point in the eighth game which she converted with a searing backhand winner down the line to win in two minutes over two hours.
Stat Attack – Williams
Stat Attack – Radwanska
Jonny Marray and Freddie Nielsen became the first wild card pairing to lift the Wimbledon Men’s Doubles title as they saw off two-time finalists Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-3 in a thrilling final on Centre Court.
Marray became the first British man to win the doubles title since 1936 with Nielsen the first Danish player to win a Grand Slam title. The team, who stunned defending Champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals, had never played together on the main tour.
Read more about Marray and Nielsen’s amazing victory.
Serena and Venus Williams claimed their fifth Women’s Doubles title at Wimbledon with a hard fought 7-5, 6-4 win over Czech sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in a late night final. The Americans have now won all 13 of their Grand Slam doubles finals.
The Mixed Doubles title went to second seeds Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond overcame fourth seeds Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Victory gave the Americans a third major title together and first for nine years following the 2003 French Open and 2002 US Open titles.
6 – Nadal
No.1 (8) Murray (Brisbane), Ferrer (Auckland, Buenos Aires), Djokovic (Australian Open, Dubai, Monte Carlo), Cilic (Zagreb), Nadal (Sao Paulo), Raonic (San Jose)No.2 (7) Gasquet (Doha), Tipsarevic (Chennai), Del Potro (Rotterdam), Nadal (Acapulco, Barcelona), Murray (Miami), Wawrinka (Oeiras)No.3 (3) Gasquet (Montpellier), Tsonga (Marseille), Haas (Munich)No.5 (5) Nishikori (Memphis), Nadal (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome), Isner (Houston)Unseeded (4) Tomic (Sydney), Zeballos (Vina Del Mar), Robredo (Casablanca), Rosol (Bucharest)Qualifier (1) Gulbis (Delray Beach)
109 - Gulbis (Delray Beach)
25 – Nadal (Acapulco)
83 – Gulbis (Delray Beach)*inc qualifying
17 – Djokovic
36 – Nadal
338 - Nicolas Almagro
64 – Australian Open 4th round Djokovic bt Wawrinka 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7(5) 12-10
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on two occasions
5 – Tsonga bt Tomic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(10)(Marseille 2nd round)1 – Tsonga bt Berdych 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Marseille F, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)1 - Murray bt Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)(Miami Final, 1mp 5-6 third set)
Tomic (Sydney) 20 years, 2 months and 22 days
Haas (Munich) 35 years, 1 month & 2 days
5 - S.Williams
No.1 (12) Li (Shenzhen), Radwanska (Auckland, Sydney), Azarenka (Australian Open, Doha), Jankovic (Bogata), Errani (Acapulco), S.Williams (Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome), Sharapova (Stuttgart)No.2 (3) Kirilenko (Pattaya City), Sharapova (Indian Wells), Vinci (Katowice)No.3 (2) S.Williams (Brisbane), Pavlyuchenkova (Oeiras)No.5 (1) Pavlyuchenkova (Monterrey)No.6 (2) Kvitova (Dubai), Schiavone (Marrakech)Unseeded (5) Vesnina (Hobart), Barthel (Paris Indoors), Erakovic (Memphis), Niculescu (Florianopolis), Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
127 – Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
14 – S.Williams (Rome)
50 – Sharapova (Stuttgart)
24 – S.Williams
227 - S.Williams
43 – Australian Open 1st round - Cornet bt Erakovic 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-8 Australian Open 1st round - Muguruza bt Rybarikova 4-6, 6-1, 14-12
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on nine occasions
1 – Erakovic bt Beck 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Memphis 1st round, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)3 - Niculescu bt Medina Garrigues 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-1(Florianopolis 1st round, 3 mps 3-6 second set tie-break)
Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar) 20 yrs, 11 months & 11 days
Schiavone (Marrakech) 32 yrs, 10 months & 5 days
Statistics sourced with the help of the ATP and WTA.