Andy Murray was the first Briton to reach a Wimbledon men's singles final since Bunny Austin, but becoming the first home champion in the event since Fred Perry in 1936 proved beyond him today. Roger Federer outgunned the 25-year-old 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to win a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th grand slam crown. After the first two sets were shared, rain halted the contest for 40 minutes early in the third and when the players returned under the closed roof on Centre Court Federer took control. He made the decisive break in a marathon sixth game and broke again for 3-2 in the fourth set before sealing victory on his second match point in three hours 24 minutes.
Game of the day
The marathon sixth game of the third set proved to be a crucial turning point in the match. The set hinged on the game as Murray slipped over three times and Federer converted his sixth break point to open up a 4-2 lead.
Shot of the day
The second set was going with serve and Murray generally held the upper hand until Federer suddenly found some magic in the 12th game and broke his opponent with a sublime drop volley to level the match.
Stats of the day
Federer won a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown in his eighth Wimbledon final and 24th Grand Slam championship match.
He will return to the top of the rankings for the first time since May 2010, replacing Novak Djokovic, and will be only the second man, after Andre Agassi, to be ranked number one in his thirties.
Federer is now 17-7 in Grand Slam finals, including 7-1 at Wimbledon.
Murray has now lost three grand slam titles to Federer and he joins coach Ivan Lendl in having lost his first four majors.
The Swiss ace receives £1.15 million, while the runner-up earned £575,000.
Quotes of the day
Murray, the first British man to reach a Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin in 1938, broke down in tears when delivering his speech at the end. "I'm getting closer," said the emotional Scot.
"He (Murray) has done so well over the years. He has been so consistent and he shows he cares so deeply about tennis and this tournament," Federer said after the match. "He will win at least one grand slam. That's what I hope for Andy."
The Queen may not have been able to make it to watch Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final, but the Scot's battle to make history was eagerly watched by an array of famous faces. The Duchess of Cambridge was in the Royal Box with sister Pippa Middleton, as well as star couple David and Victoria Beckham. Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson were also cheering on Britain's best Wimbledon hope in 76 years.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond travelled to SW19 to watch the match, while Sir Steve Redgrave was also be in the Royal Box, as well as Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards. Former tennis players in the box included Rod Laver, Frank Sedgman, Stan Smith, Manuel Santana, Neale Fraser, Roy Emerson, and Tracy Austin.
On this day
The first Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship was held. The only title being contested, the men's singles, was won by Spencer Gore who beat his fellow Briton WC Marshall 6-1 6-2 6-4
Top seed Roger Federer won the Wimbledon men's singles title, beating second seed Rafael Nadal 6-0 7-6 (5) 6-7 (2) 6-3 on Centre Court.