LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Winner Roger Federer of Switzerland holds his winner's trophy and waves to the crowd as runner up Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on after their Gentlemen's Singles final match on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer Wins Men's Championship Over Andy Murray

Roger Federer edged Andy Murray to take the 2012 Wimbledon Men's Championship on Sunday.

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2012 Wimbledon Results: Roger Federer Bests Andy Murray In 4 Sets To Claim 17th Grand Slam Title

The former king of tennis is back in his rightful spot, as a locked-in Roger Federer ousted challenger Andy Murray in four sets (4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4) to pick up his unprecedented 17th career Grand Slam championship on Sunday.

Now tied with his one-time idol Pete Sampras with seven Wimbledon men's titles, Federer also managed to overtake both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for the No. 1 overall ranking in the sport. Now the third different man to win a major championship in 2012, Federer's victory and ensuing shakeup of the rankings certainly makes things quite interesting as we creep closer to next month's can't-miss U.S. Open.

Though he posed a stout challenge and showed an improved level of intensity early on, Murray ultimately couldn't overcome the wall he hit in the third and pivotal set. After losing an improbable 26-point game before giving way in the third, the visibly-frustrated 25-year-old never mounted the same type of threat again while Federer's flawless groundstrokes took center stage. Murray spoke to fans in what proved to be a sad, teary-eyed speech after the match, but clearly made huge strides with his performance in Sunday's final and throughout the tournament.

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