Jul 8 2012 By Johnathon Menzies
Andy Murray's hopes of an historic Wimbledon title were dashed as Roger Federer claimed his seventh SW19 crown.
DUNBLANE'S Andy Murray had his dreams of Wimbledon glory dashed as he lost the men's singles final in four sets to an impressive Roger Federer.
The 25-year-old was defeated 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in front of an expectant Centre Court crowd on Sunday. Closer to home, locals, as well as those from further afield and the nation's media, descended on the Cathedral City to take in the nerve-filled occasion.
Murray looked in top form in the first two sets but, following a short rain delay in the third, began to tire in the latter stages and, ultimately, was on the wrong end of a Swiss masterclass.
The defeat means Murray failed in his bid to become the first British male to win a singles title at the London Grand Slam tournament in 76 years.
Sunday's triumph was Roger Federer's seventh overall Wimbledon victory. The 30-year-old has also re-claimed the coveted world number one spot from last year's champion, Serb Novak Djokovic.