Federer beats Murray to win record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title

LONDON: Roger Federer overpowered British number one Andy Murray in four sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to win his seventh Wimbledon crown at the All England Club on Sunday.

Federer also regained the world number one ranking with this victory as he captured his record 17th Grand Slam title.

Playing in his record eighth Wimbledon final, Federer recaptured his form after losing the first set 4-6 to the fourth seed Murray as the third seeded Swiss won the next three sets and eventually the match.

Federer won the third set to move 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 ahead of Murray.

Murray, seeking to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon title for 76 years, made a fast start and broke the six-time champion's serve in the opening game of the match but the Swiss broke back to level at 2-2.

Federer mixed up his game to increase the pressure on Murray but the fourth seed dug in and conjured up his second service break in the ninth game before serving out to seal the set in just under an hour.

The second set went with serve and Murray generally held the upper hand but 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer suddenly found inspired form in the 12th game and broke his opponent to level the match.

Rain halted the match at 1-1 in the third set and it resumed after a 40-minute delay under the closed roof on Centre Court.

The set hinged on a marathon sixth game in which Murray slipped over three times and Federer converted his sixth break point to open up a 4-2 lead.

The Swiss, increasingly dominating the rallies as the match wore, clinched the set with an ace to move within touching distance of the title.

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