Against the odds and passing of time, Fed wins his 17th Grand Slam and his 7th Wimbledon title (equals Pete Sampras’ Wimby record). He also takes the #1 ranking, which means he will surpass Sampras’ 286 weeks spent ranked #1. He accomplished this at 30 years old and 11 months of age (the last time both the women’s and men’s champions were 30 y.o. or older was in 1975, when Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe won). I don’t want to barrage you with facts, but this win also means that among active players, Rafa is the only one to have played Fed more than once and hold a winning record against him.
This was a huge final, for both Fed and Murray, but Fed defied a nation’s hopes and an in-form Murray to take this final:
It had been two-and-a-half years since Fed had been past the SF at Wimby, so his return to the Wimby entrance with trophy in hand was all the more memorable:
Just as Roland Garros saw Rafa takes a historic 7th title (thus inspiring the H7story), Fed’s 7th Wimby title has inspired a new H17story. Nike has many new ideas for t-shirts this year.
This was an emotional win for Fed, his 2nd Grand Slam since the birth of his twin daughters (who are now almost 3 y.o.) and his 1st GS with coach Paul Annacone. It was lovely to see his proud parents, wife Mirka, and now his old-enough-t0-remember daughters witness this big moment.
The Tennis Channel interview linked here is hilarious and of-the-moment. A slightly drunk Fed speaks with Martina Navratilova, and a “Are you drunk?”/”Me? A little. WHAT, you’ve never been drunk before?” dialogue ensues.
I have a few more thoughts about the final that I will update shortly. As much as this final was all about Fed, runner-up Muzz put in an impressive performance and brought the house down with his tearful speech. Credit goes to both players for putting on a cracker of a final, one that was both subtle and memorable.