Roger Federer yesterday earned his seventh Wimbledon men’s singles title, defeating Scotsman Andy Murray in four sets. It was an excellent match, if not an epic one, and the victory was well deserved by the man some believe is the greatest tennis player in history.
For me, though, the defining moment of the 2012 Championships came not during the match, but after, when runner-up Murray was handed the microphone for the customary remarks to the crowd. We’re used to gracious on these occasions, but Murray truly raised the bar for future finals losers. He struggled with his composure, then finally gained enough control to get off a wry joke: “I’m getting closer,” reference to the fact that he’s been in Grand Slam finals before but has never won. Continue reading