For a shining moment, it looked as if Andy Murray was going to be the first British men’s tennis player to win his nation’s premier tournament in 76 years. Then came Roger Federer. While the silver lining for the 25-year old is that he least took a set in his fourth final, the enormous weight of expectation couldn’t have been easy for him to bear. “I’m getting closer,” he joked at the start of his post-match interview, before taking a second to try to regain of his usual steely composure. “Right, I’m going to try this and it’s not going to be easy,” he continued in a shaky voice, which led to a further outpouring of emotion — the TV cameras showed his girlfriend in tears as well as fans in the stands — as he gracefully praised his opponent and thanked the Wimbledon fans.
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