Federer Express Derails Murray
As I tipped back in June Roger Federer won the Wimbledon men's singles title for a record equalling seventh time and even if he never wins another tournament he will go down as the greatest tennis player ever to play the game.
Sampras has the same amount of Wimbledon wins but "Pistol Pete" was not as fluid and graceful player as Federer.
Indeed Federer's single handed backhand is a real shot of beauty and technically Federer is on a different level to everyone else who has played the game.
In the first set Murray capitalised on some uncharacteristic mistakes and Federer started racking up a good amount of unforced errors.
If play had continued in this fashion then Murray would have steamrollered his opponent in a straightforward three sets victory but Federer reached deep into his toolbox and began to bring out the tools he needed to take Murray apart.
But to be sure this was no easy task.
Murray made life very difficult for the Swiss master and would not roll over in easy fashion. Halfway through the second set they played the defining game.
Ten times the game went to deuce on the Murray serve and several game points were saved by Murray until eventually he succumbed to some genius tennis from Federer who pulled the rabbit out of the hat when he needed to with some spectacular shot making to eke out an advantage over the dogged Scot.
Federer is the complete player. The real deal.
In one point Murray flashed a forehand across the court that would have beaten every player in the draw. Federer though, had fantastic anticipation and it is almost as if he telepathically knows where the next shot is going to in order to reach the next ball.
You have to admire Federer. He is cool under pressure and his positional ability was tested to the limit. This was no easy win.
What now for Andy Murray?
As I've said before he is extremely unlucky to be playing his tennis in an era where there are three opponents who stand on a higher rung in the ladder of ability. Murray though has time on his side and he will surely win a grand slam event in the next year.
It is interesting to note that Ivan Lendl, Murray's coach, also lost the first four grand slam finals that he played in and that mentor dynamic will stand Murray in good stead. Lendl went on to win eight grand slam titles in a fantastic tennis career.
Murray needs to take some time off and forget about tennis for a week before coming back and simply continuing his progressive training routine. The titles will come. There is no doubt about that.
This mornings price for Murray to win at Wimbledon 2013 has Murray surprisingly at greater odds (7/1) than he opened at this years' tournament (5/1).
The question is when will Federer's powers begin to wane? At 30 he is in prime physical condition.