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Federer: Murray will win at least one major

ESPN staff
July 8, 2012 « Yorkshire & Worcestershire to meet in last eight | Chartbeat test »

Roger Federer is convinced Andy Murray will break his grand slam duck after he was pushed to four sets by the British No. 1.

Murray had never won a set in three previous grand slam final appearances, but had chances to take a two set lead after winning the opener. Although Federer turned on the style to claim a 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 victory, he was quick to pay tribute to a distraught Murray.

"He's done so well over the years and [his tears] shows he cares so dearly about his tennis," Federer said. "He will win one grand slam at least. I hope so."

Federer's 17th grand slam title sees him equal Pete Sampras' record of seven titles at the All England Club, securing a return to world No. 1 for the first time in over two years.

"I think I have played some of my best tennis in the last two matches," Federer said. "It's worked out here that I have played my best tennis in the semis and the final. I couldn't be more happy. It feels so familiar and it's a great moment.

"It's amazing. It equals me with Pete who is my hero, and the world No. 1, they don't get gifted to you."

Murray, who was bidding to end Britain's 76-year wait for a male grand slam champion, struggled to hold back the tears as he addressed his home fans on Centre Court.

"I'm getting closer," he said. "I was asked the other day: 'Is this your best chance, Roger is 30 now?' He's not bad for a 30-year-old. He played a great tournament. I know he had some struggles with his back, but he showed what fight he had. He deserves it.

"I'll try not to look at him as I'll start [crying] again. Thanks to everyone who has supported me. You did a great job. It's always tough. Everyone always talks about the pressure of playing a Wimbledon and how tough it is. It's not the people watching; you make it so much easier to play. The support has been incredible."

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