In a high quality match it was ultimately Henin’s still rusty service that proved her undoing, a woeful execution of break point chances didn’t help either. A stunning comeback for a remarkable player, just not perfect enough to match the formidable, irrepressible Williams when it mattered.
The men’s final was eagerly anticipated – during his dark 18 months it was Federer who struggled again and again when facing Andy Murray. The Scot has played phenomenal tennis all week, only dropping one set in his campaign (to the brave Cilic in the previous round), and rightfully fancied his chances against Fedex. But it has been quite clear that apart from a bad-tempered uncharacteristic loss in New York last year – this is the Federer of old. All encompassing, effortless, and fully confident with himself and his game again after regaining that number one spot. This was not the beatable Federer and there were few cracks in his performance to allow Murray in and dig under the Swiss’ nose. Instead Murray, who had looked unflappable and brimming with energy throughout the tournament, was silenced and subdued – hardly error strewn but often just a tad too conservative and uncomfortable.
A tearful Murray was gracious in defeat, a surprisingly transparent moment for the Scot who has endeared himself ever so slightly to this fan with some humility. His time will indeed come, but Federer will have to be back in the doldrums to be easily conquered.