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Murray Wins Wimbledon but Ageing Federer Still the King of Grass

File image of Andy Murray (L) and Roger Federer.  (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

File image of Andy Murray (L) and Roger Federer. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

There was an outpouring of emotions from Roger Federer fans after Milos Raonic staged an upset in Wimbledon 2016 semis with 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over the 17-time Grand Slam Champion on Friday.

There was an outpouring of emotions from Roger Federer fans after Milos Raonic staged an upset in Wimbledon 2016 semis with 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over the 17-time Grand Slam Champion on Friday.

Raonic, however, could not emulate his good show in the final and was completely outplayed by Andy Murray as the Scot registered a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2) win to clinch the Championship for the second time.

When the 2016 tournament started, the die-hard FedEx fans were very positive that he was finally back to his vintage form and was all set to win the record 18th title. But getting past World No.1 Novak Djokovic has been tough task for him with the Serb in unbelievably brilliant form in the last two-three years.

Djokovic looked almost unbeatable and dominated the men's circuit. But Federer, despite the decline, was still the biggest competition for Djokovic even as the likes of Murray, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic are also emerging as a threat.

A fuming Federer bid adieu to Wimbledom after his bid to win the eighth Wimbledon title ended with two double faults and a miserable last 30 minutes after an untimely slip in the fifth set. But the way he has been fighting, innovating his game and recovering from injuries is just exceptional.

The loss will hurt him the most - more than the loss to Rafael Nadal at 2008 Wimbledon final or the 2015 US Open final loss to Djokovic. His biggest rival Djokovic was knocked out by Sam Querrey in the fourth round and he had big psychological advantage over the other big contender, Murray.

Raonic, who became first Canadian to reach Men's Singles Grand Slam finals, made a stunning comeback after trailing two sets to one, and saved two break points in the fifth and ninth games of the fourth set before clinching the fifth set with ease.

Federer is 34 and when was the last time a singles player at his age was giving players 10 years younger than him a run for their money apart from being the title contender in every Grand Slam.

Another legend Andre Agassi stretched his career but struggled towards the end while Pete Sampras always played on his strengths and once he saw it declining he bid adieu to his glorious career.

He may have lost the match against Raonic at a stage from where he should have easily won, but he still knows how to make comebacks.

After the knee-injury forced him to sit out for more than two months, he played two back-to-back five-setters at Wimbledon. Federer was two sets down against Cilic in the quarters but he saved three break points in the third set and then went on to save three match points to steal the win against the Croatian.

It is unfair to expect someone at this age to even reach the last four of a major on a regular basis.

Tennis is becoming more and more physical by the day and Federer’s game is all about flair.

But he has aged so gracefully that the perfection and elegance of his game makes us want more of him and it gives his fans a belief that he will beat all odds to finally add one more Grand Slam title to his kitty.