- Wimbledon, Day 14
Charity bonanza under Centre Court cauldron
Oxfam's big pay day
While Roger Federer picked up a cool £1.15 million for winning a seventh Wimbledon title, arguably the biggest winners were Oxfam. Because of a bet made by the late Nicholas Newlife back in 2003, the international aid agency are now £101,840 better off. Newlife, who left his estate to the charity when he died three years ago, placed a bet after Federer's first All England title that he would win seven Wimbledon titles before 2020. Even without meaning to be, Federer is turning into quite a philanthropist.
No double whammy
Following Jonathan Marray's historic victory in the men's doubles on Saturday, there was a real buzz at Wimbledon as fans believed Andy Murray could become Britain's first male grand slam champion in 76 years. The dream looked like it could become reality when the Scot won the opening set, but it began to fade as Federer produced a classy performance to secure his 17th grand slam title.
The complete final
With so much at stake for both men, we did wonder whether this was the biggest final of them all. While it failed to match the 2008 Wimbledon final (when Rafael Nadal beat Federer in five outrageous sets), the match had everything - a home favourite looking for his first major title against a popular champion looking to return to world No. 1. The match started outdoors in beautiful sunshine; it ended indoors under the Centre Court roof. There was intensity, high-quality tennis, drama, and tears. What else could you ask for?
Murray's kit problems, Part II
Having had trouble with his shorts earlier in the tournament - he defaulted two points during his win over Marcos Baghdatis because the balls popped out of his pocket - it was his shoes that were giving Murray problems in the final. In what proved to be a pivotal game midway through the third set, Murray held off five break points but was unable to stave off a sixth as the match swung in Federer's favour. Murray found himself on the floor on no less than three occasions, slipping at the net at the crucial moment as Federer crafted a glorious lob to take control of the match.
Centre Court cauldron
To use a footballing cliché, it was very much a match of two halves. Having started the match in glorious sunshine, it ended under the roof as the rain arrived at the end of the second set. When play resumed, there was an electric atmosphere on Centre Court with the majority of the crowd getting behind Murray. That was intensified with the rain hammering on the roof, but Federer was not intimidated as he turned on the style to reclaim the Wimbledon title.
Murray's killer instinct
Having hit Jo-Wilfried Tsonga where it hurt during his semi-final win on Friday, Andy Murray once again showed he would take no prisoners as he drilled a shot straight at Federer, who was forced to take evasive action as the ball fizzed just over his wavy brown locks.
Hairdryer treatment needed
With Roger Federer in the ascendancy having snatched the second set, Andy Murray could be forgiven for performing a rain dance as a dark cloud loomed overhead. Any advice that Ivan Lendl was able to give him during the delay proved to be in vain as Federer took control under the roof. But with Sir Alex Ferguson sitting in the crowd, perhaps a half-time talk from the Manchester United boss would have been more beneficial?