Game-by-game: Federer wins

Roger Federer plays Andy Murray in the 2012 Wimbledon final.
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Another win at Wimbledon has put Roger Federer back on top of the tennis world with the No. 1 ranking once again. His opponent, Andy Murray had the chance to become the first British man to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. Since bringing on Ivan Lendl as coach earlier this year, Murray played with more focus and was a much tougher opponent than years past. But, at 30, Federer has regained the form that has earned him six previous titles at Wimbledon.

2012 Wimbledon men's final
3 Roger Federer
4 Andy Murray

Set 4

Game 10: Murray grasps, using a challenge on a clearly-in Federer serve as Federer fires an ace to go 40-15 and reach Championship point. Federer sends a backhand into the net, 40-30. A long shot by Murray hands Federer his 7th Wimbledon title and he will regain the world No. 1 ranking on Monday.

Game 9: Murray serves to stay in the match. Federer sends a shot wide and another long to give Murray a 40-15 lead. But Federer fights back and ends the next rally with a corner shot and the one after with a service line winner to get to deuce. Murray nabs the advantage before ending the rally with a shot into the net. Back to deuce. Murray hangs on, but is still down a break.

Game 8: Up 30-15, Federer misfires a forehand past the baseline to allow Murray into the game. But Federer recovers and ever-so-softly taps it over the net to hold. He's just one game away from the title.

Game 7: Murray tries to stay alive -- with Kate and Pippa Middleton's support -- and goes up 40-30. An ace gives Murray the much-needed hold.

Game 6: Federer holds serve and takes a 4-2 lead and looks just two games from winning his seventh Wimbledon title.

Game 5: Federer looks more and more in control of this match jumping out to a double break point. After a cross-court rally, Federer earns the break with a backhand just out of Murray's reach.

Game 4: Federer holds quickly to tie it up at 2-2.

Game 3: Murray gets one ace in, grimmacing and looks a bit tight sending a forehand into the net. But he recovers with another ace to reach 30-30. Another strong serve down the middle takes Murray to 40-30 and a wide shot by Federer allows Murray to hold.

Game 2: Federer misses a backhand to allow Murray a point early. Murray seems a bit renewed after winning the first game of the set and forces a Federer shot long but the Swiss finds a way to deuce and gains the advantage. Federer gets Murray on the run and puts away a forehand down the line for the winner to hold.

Game 1: Murray lands an ace to go 40-15, but can't escape Federer's brilliant net play and loses the next point. But Murray comes in to the net for the put-away to hold.

Set 3

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Game 9: Murray earns two points, but a Federer ace takes the game and set. Federer gains a 2 sets to 1 lead.

Game 8: Murray serves well to quickly make an important hold and stay in the set.

Game 7: Murray looks weary after that sixth game and Federer's serve is improving. Murray sends shots into the net and long as Federer holds to take a 5-2 lead.

Game 6: After jumping out to a 40-0 lead, Federer forces errors and climbs back. At 40-30, Murray drives forward to reach a Federer drop shot and falls giving indication that his ankle may be hurt. But a 127-mph serve wins the advantage but sends a shot long during a long cross-court rally to land back at deuce. Murray scrambles and hits the ground again giving Federer the break point which he loses. Federer drills a forehand inside the service line to end a rally and gain advantage before Murray fires a serve to reach deuce #4. At deuce #5 Murray drills a shot into the corner that Federer cannot reach to gain advantage. And the points trade until the ninth deuce when Murray draws Federer in and drives a passing shot down the line. But Murray cannot convert and the 18-minute game continues with a 10th deuce. Federer gains his sixth break point as Murray falls again trying to reach a long lob. Federer finally wins the game to take a 4-2 lead.

Game 5: Serving just four points, Federer holds again to take a 3-2 lead.

Game 4: Murray loosens up to hold his serve.

Game 3: Federer also tries to get his service game in before play is stopped to close the roof over Centre Court. Federer leads 40-0. Rain has stopped play. After a 40 minutes play resumes and the roof is closed. Federer finishes out the game and leads 2-1.

Game 2: The rain makes an appearance as it has much of the second week, but Murray doesn't let the opening skies rattle him as he quickly holds to tie the set at 1-1.

Game 1: Federer holds early still carrying momentum from the second set.

Set 2


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Game 12: In one of the most entertaining games yet, Federer shows off his net skills with Murray answering each one. But its Federer who takes the upperhand to break and win the game and the set 7-5. With the match tied at one set apiece, Federer will serve to start off the third.

Game 11: Federer notches his fifth ace of the match as he holds to take a 6-5 lead. Murray will serve to stay in the set.

Game 10: Murray is doing a better job of keeping away from Federer's forehand and takes a 40-0 lead. A short cross-court drop shot allows Murray to hold.

Game 9: Two unforced errors by Federer put Murray at a break point but Federer finds his shot and Murray sends a ball long to bring the game to deuce. Murray comes to the net to place the ball in open court and takes the advantage. Federer responds with a series of overheads, the last of which Murray cannot answer. Deuce again. Federer sends the next ball to the corner pocket to take the advantage. After returning to deuce, Federer gains the advantange once again and take the game when Murray sends a ball wide.

Game 8: Murray notches an ace on his third point to go up 40-0. After a first set filled with rallies and many deuce points. The last three games of this set have moved very quickly. Are both men finding a new groove? Murray holds once again to tie.

Game 7: Federer returns the favor jumping out to 40-0 on his serve and holds with four points as well.

Game 6: Murray serves four points to quickly hold.

Game 5: Murray runs up on a Federer drop shot, takes the passing shot and a quick overhead puts Murray at double break point, but Federer fights back to deuce. A stellar play of overheads by Federer and gets by Murray ultimately give Federer the advantage and his trademark net play allows him to hold.

Game 4: Murray looks to be playing Federer's game coming into the net and playing a short drop shot to take a 40-15 lead. Federer ends the next point with a shot into the net. Murray holds to tie at 2-2.

Game 3: A Federer overhead forces Murray to send a long lob back to give Federer the quick hold.

Game 2: After a few tough rallies, Murray keeps an advantage to hold serve and tie up the set.

Game 1: Federer comes out strong and quickly takes the lead in the second set.

Set 1


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Game 10: An ace gives Murray a 40-15 lead and a chance to win his first set in a Grand Slam final. And a missed return by Federer gives Murray a one-set lead.

Game 9: Murray finds a way to quickly break Federer's serve to take a 5-4 lead and will serve for the set.

Game 8: Federer makes quick work of Murray's serve with two quick break points. But Murray fights back with two unreachable shots to even the game at 30. In the next point Federer sends the ball up into the stands but recovers on the next to come into the net forcing a Murray error. After five deuces Murray finds a way to hold.

Game 7: Federer begins the service game with two aces and a botched return by Murray to jump out 40-0. Murray got back in the game winning the first rally of the game before Federer held to take a 4-3 lead.

Game 6: Murray holds to even the set.

Game 5: Murray seems to be tightening up allowing Federer to dictate the rallies a bit more. Federer holds to lead 3-2.

Game 4: Murray starts off going up 40-15 with a short angle forcing Federer to hit long. But soon finds himself at deuce #2 when Federer hits to the deep deuce corner to get the advanatage and a shot into the net allows Federer to break and tie it up 2-2.

Game 3: Federer seems to be finding his way, making his shots in the corner baseline. But Murray isn't phased. On a deuce point, Murray hits the ball into the net giving Federer the advantage. And Federer takes an overhead to Murray who puts another into the net to get Federer on the board.

Game 2: Murray dictates the play, putting Federer on the run forcing a few errors from the six-time Champion to take a 2-0 lead.

Game 1: Federer won the coin toss and will serve first. Murray jumps out early and breaks Federer, contesting an ace along the way.

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