When the most popular Grand Slam of the tennis season kicked off a couple of weeks back, not many people gave six time champion and winner of 16 Grand Slams Roger Federer much of a chance of replicating his success of yesteryear, particularly with the form of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the top two players on the ATP circuit and the winners of the French Open and Australian Open respectively.
But the fans were in for a rude shock with Nadal exiting the All England Club in the first rounds and Novak Djokovic struggling with form. Still, nobody gave FedEx much of a chance and opined that The Djoker from Serbia would annihilate him in the semi final. But what panned out during that semi final match was clear for all to see.
The famous greens of the All England Club saw Federer at his best as he waltzed past the world number one with ease to reach the final of Wimbledon for the 8th time, a feat never achieved before, and one of the best tennis betting offers taht had come true in recent years.
All that stood in his way of claiming his 7th Wimbledon title and reclaiming the world number one position was Scotsman Andy Murray.
And in the final on the 8th of July, Murray took the game to Roger Federer, winning the first set 6-4 in front of his home support. But Federer had been here too often and he rallied to level the game at a set each with a 7-5 victory in the second set.
And from then on, it was the Federer show as the Swiss Master put on a blitzkrieg of a performance and beat Murray handsomely in the next two sets to take the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to equal the record set by Pete Sampras of 7 Wimbledon titles.
And for those who had written him off, Roger Federer had a clear message: Form is temporary but class is permanent.
He now moves on to the Olympics, and is one of the favourites to win the next Grand Slam according to the latest US Open odds.