Following a tense 2012 Wimbledon final against winner Roger Federer, tennis star Andy Murray has vowed to bounce back and conceded that his opponent was "one of the greatest".
Murray became the first Brit to make it to the singles finals since 1938. While Federer won his seventh title and 17th Grand Slam crown, Murray lost 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4.
Murray said: "It's hard, it's tough to take, but you need to show strength of character to come back from it.
"We're talking about one of the greatest athletes of all time. You've got to put it in context a little bit."
The last homegrown champ was Fred Perry back in 1936, putting a lot of pressure on world no 4 Murray's shoulders.
Murray started well, winning the first game and set but Federer regained his composure while Murray lost his, as the Scot frequently fell diving to reach Federer's returns.
Both players did excellently, putting in great performances with few substantial slip-ups on either part.
Speaking after the game and quoted by the BBC, Murray was humble in his defeat against the world no 1. He said: "I lost to a guy that's now won this tournament seven times and is number one in the world.
"He's still playing amazing tennis. A lot of people have been asking me, 'Has he started slipping? Is he not playing as well?' If you look at the matches he lost in the last couple of years, they were very close matches that he definitely could have won.
"He could be sitting on 20 Grand Slams but for one point or a couple of inches here or there. He's still playing great tennis. I don't think you get to number one unless you deserve it."
But Murray isn't feeling hopeless against his opponents, stating that he's "getting closer" and concluded that he's "going to try [to finish] this [on top] and it's not going to be easy."
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