Sunday 19 November 2017

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray’s mum hails her ‘amazing son’

Andy Murray holds his runners-up trophy
Andy Murray holds his runners-up trophy

Eleanor Crooks

JUDY Murray toasted son Andy's Wimbledon final debut with champagne despite the Scot falling just short of becoming the first British man to win the Wimbledon men's singles title for 76 years.

Hopes were high the longest major drought in British sport could be consigned to the history bin, and Murray made the perfect start by winning the first set against Roger Federer yesterday.

But the Swiss star turned things around and ran out a 4-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 winner to collect his seventh Wimbledon crown, 17th grand slam title and ensure he returned to world number one this morning - a month before his 31st birthday.

Murray has now lost all four of his grand slam finals and was clearly devastated, breaking down in tears a number of times during his on-court interview.

The 25-year-old's friends and family were also emotional, with girlfriend Kim Sears in tears, but Judy Murray was determined the day should end on a high.

She tweeted a picture of champagne glasses with the message: "Let's get fizzical! Lots to celebrate.....Amazing day. Amazing journey. Amazing son."

Murray had his chances to go two sets up but after that Federer was in imperious form.

There will certainly be some consolation for the Scot in his performance, which was several levels above his previous grand slam finals, while he also ended his record of never having won a set.

Murray said: "It doesn't get easier. When you lose, it's hard. It's tough to take, but you need to try to show strength of character to come back from it. Hopefully one day you get there.

"I'd say that's the best I've played in a slam final. I created chances. I went up a set. It was a long match. Even the last two sets, I still had chances.

"I played a good match. I made pretty good decisions for the most part, so I'm happy with that."

It was Federer's first grand slam title since he beat Murray in the 2010 Australian Open final, and the Swiss is confident his opponent's wait will not go on too much longer.

Federer said: "It's hard. I've been there as well. I think he's done so, so well. Because I see him every day, I see what he goes through on a daily basis on tour.

"At Wimbledon I think he handles it so perfectly. I think he's giving himself so many looks at big titles. I really do believe deep down in me he will win grand slams - not just one.

"Things just didn't quite turn out for him in the finals the way he hoped for. But I'm sure he got another step closer to a grand slam title. I really do believe and hope for him that he's going to win one soon."

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