Murray loses ground to Federer08/07/2012 - 17:31:36
Andy Murray is facing an uphill struggle in his Wimbledon final after losing the third set to Roger Federer.
The Scot, bidding to become the first man in 76 years to win the men’s singles title, lost the third set 6-3, taking Federer to two sets compared to Murray’s one.
The match was delayed at one game all in the third set as rain hit SW19, with the decision taken to close the Centre Court roof.
After an historic Wimbledon campaign, Murray is hoping to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon men’s singles since Fred Perry 76 years ago.
The rain had held off today for the first two sets – Murray took the first to rapturous applause, but Federer fought back to win the second.
And after the brief rain delay, the Swiss veteran took the lead.
Murray was seen to slip over several times, and despite defending five break points in a marathon sixth game, he lost the sixth to concede the 26-minute game to Federer, who powered on to take the set.
Centre Court was electric for the match – with the 15,000 supporters including the Duchess of Cambridge and sister Pippa Middleton who had front row seats in the Royal Box for the clash, excitedly talking and clapping during the games.
British Prime Minister David Cameron put his hand to his mouth in shock at one point as he watched intently. England football star David Beckham and wife Victoria were also in the box for the match.
The 25-year-old was also watched tensely by “Team Murray”, including mother Judy, father Will and girlfriend Kim Sears, as well as coach Ivan Lendl, in the players’ box.
Lendl remained calm through the highs and lows, but Judy Murray and Miss Sears could be seen punching the air and cheering as he won points.
The Scot himself shouted “come on” as he took points and his hitting partner and good friend Dani Vallverdu was seen on the front row of the players’ box, rising to his feet during dramatic moments.
But the crowd stayed behind Murray, who previously said he would need all their help today, encouraging him as he struggled in the ninth, and final, game of the set.
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