Wimbledon runner-up Andy Murray (Photo:Steve Wake/AELTC/ www.wimbledon.com)
Andy Murray managed to make Roger Federer look like a cruel and inconsiderate guest who by winning Wimbledon had abused his hospitality.
During the post-match interview Murray broke down several times amid applause from his British fans who had invested much faith in him. In the process, Federer looked like a guest’s precocious son who had stolen his host’s child’s candy. While Federer did try to look as if he was sorry for being mean, he did not feel sorry enough to give the candy (Wimbledon trophy) back to Murray.
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer (Pic: Matthias Hangst/AELTC/ www.wimbledon.com)
One fully empathizes with Murray for his overpowering sense of loss but after a while it felt as if he was suggesting without actually doing so that if only Federer did not stand in his way the trophy could have been his and he could have given a dream prologue to his country as it prepares to host the 2012 Olympics in 19 days.
Murray, who is otherwise known to be a no-non-sense professional who does not waste time emoting about his game, seemed deeply affected by his defeat. To be sure, he played brilliant tennis that could have defeated almost anyone. But his adversary was a little more than almost anyone. Federer is a habitual winner. He just steadfastly refused to be defeated and mixed up his game with so much of the genius that has made him arguably among the greatest players of all time.
You could see that a bad shot never lingered on in his mind, nor did a great one made him complacent. The unexpressed sentiment in his body language appeared to be, “Let’s just wrap this up so that I can win it and go to my two cute twin daughters.”
Granted that I am reading meanings that may not exist but I am merely sharing unprocessed reactions that I had during and after the match.
The score 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 does not quite capture how well Murray played. In the end it was more about mental capacity than physical prowess that decided the championship. For greats like Federer, the question is never whether they would win but how soon and how well. Of course, it’s not as if they are invincible as Federer’s recent record would illustrate. It just means that in their mind they never lose even though on the court they may have.