Honest Murray admits Federer served up a treat

Honest Murray admits Federer served up a treat

Andy Murray admitted Roger Federer served "extremely well" after the Swiss put paid to the Scot's dreams of winning Wimbledon for another year.

The Scot suffered a 7-5 7-5 6-4 defeat at the hands of Federer, who will now go on to meet Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

Murray, champion at SW19 in 2013, was only able to win 21 points in 17 Federer service games.

"He served it extremely well, close to the lines," Murray said of Federer, who has dropped serve just once en route to the final.

"[Federer] made it very difficult for me on the first-serve return.

"Whether I could have done more returning‑wise, a few times when I had opportunities on the second serve, I won, I don't know, I think I was over 50 per cent of the second‑serve points won.  

"It was that way right up until the end of the third set. I was doing fine there.

"He served fantastic, apart from the first game where I had the chance there. Obviously, I got broken right at the end all of the sets, but I didn't actually play a bad match."

Federer has the chance to make tournament history in the final - no man has ever won eight Wimbledon titles.

Murray was full of praise for the 33-year-old, who shows no sign of slowing up despite his many years on the ATP World Tour.

"I don't know if anyone's played as well as Roger maybe at that age," Murray said.

"Serena [Williams] obviously on the women's side is doing it. But they're pretty rare athletes. They're two of the best that have ever played the game."

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