Wimbledon 2012: Murray-Federer final match in tweets

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Murray in tears after losing to Federer

LONDON—Wimbledon 2012 men’s final between Britain’s Andy Murray and six-time champion Roger Federer has kept India’s sports, Bollywood and political fraternity captivated. Federer beat Murray to win his seventh Grand Slam and went on to become world No.1.

Here are some of the tweets that captured the essence of the electrifying match, Federer’s win and Murray’s tearful speech at the end.

India’s cricket master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: “Some unbelievable tennis display by Federer n Andy,” while the game was on.

Tendulkar’s tweet after Federer won read: “Roger the real champion!!!” But the cricket champion hoped the Wimbledon final went on to the fifth set because “We will see even better tennis.”

Another ace cricketer, Rahul Dravid tweeted poignantly: “Sports is nothing without emotions, and it was the most emotional match in recent times… where heart wanted both guys to win.”

Siddharth Mallya, director of the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore, reminded of Britain’s first win in 76 years in men’s doubles at Wimbledon 2012. “Some consolation to the British fans...a Brit called Jonathan Marray (not Murray) won the men's doubles yest..1st person in 76yrs!” he tweeted.

Actress Lara Dutta Bhupathi was cheering Britain’s Murray. During the match, she tweeted: “This is probably the only time I'm not pulling for Fed! Really hoping Murray gets his 1st slam that's been a while in coming!”

Indian poet, painter and media personality Pritish Nandy tweeted during the game: “I support Federer and hope he wins but I am impressed by Andy Murray’s tenacity.” His wishes came true with Federer’s 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 4-6 win.

There was another Murray cheerer in Suhel Seth. The author and marketing personality’s tweet read: “While I love Federer, and saw him demolish Fognini, live this year, I believe Murray's win maybe a good gift to London in their Olympic year.”

Quiz master Derek O’Brien’s tongue-in-cheek and clever tweet had a reference to India’s Leander Paes who is playing men’s doubles final at Wimbledon with his Russian tennis partner Elena Vesnina: “Going to be a late,late night...after Swiss cheese & fish 'n chips, Goan sorpotel on the menu at #wimbledon Go Leander,” he said.

Murray had consolation from tennis fraternity too. Tennis star, Sania Mirza tweeted: “Andy :( that’s the first time I have had tears in my eyes listening to a post match speech...Roger Federer ofcourse a genius!”  

Critically acclaimed Indian film director and producer Shekhar Kapur captured what was in Britain’s mind with his tweet: “Murray lost to a superior player who ultimately outplayed him. Am I [the] only one that was not moved by Murray's tears?”

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