Andy Murray's bid to win Wimbledon was ended by 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer with a 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 victory.
For almost two sets the Scot dictated play before a missed forehand down the line at 30-15 signalled a rapid change in momentum. Federer pounced and, as the rain started to fall and the roof closed, history beckoned.
For the first hour and a half, it looked like the Scot would be the one making history. Murray announced his intentions with an immediate break of serve, a series of pile driver backhands leaving Federer rooted to the turf. The deficit was erased in the fourth game, but Murray stuck to his game plan and broke the Swiss again, before calmly serving out the set.
This was the first set Murray had won in slam finals - having lost in straight sets in his three previous attempts. As the match progressed he looked certain to add to that tally.
Federer was on the back foot and it was Murray creating all the chances. Crucially the Scot was unable to convert and, as just as the set seemed destined to end in a tiebreak, Federer struck. A missed forehand down the line opened the door and the Swiss barged through. A sublime drop shot set up set point before a breathtaking volley left Murray scrambling to no avail. Read more (201 words)
As the match turned, so did the weather. Federer was 40-0 up in the opening game of the third set when the heavens opened. As the players scurried back to the locker room the roof began to close. This, perhaps more than anything, contributed to what happened next. Without the elements to bother him the Swiss is almost unbeatable - as Novak Djokovic found to his cost in the semi final.
Now on the back foot, Murray was unable to deal with his opponents pace and variety, and finally crumbled in the fifth game. From here it was one way traffic and Federer cantered to victory.
Murray may now have an unenviable 0-4 record in slam finals, but this loss was very different from the one sided beat-downs suffered in the past. For the first two sets at least, the Scot showed courage, aggression and a steely belief in his own destiny.
That this was derailed by the weather and an opponent in inspired form is unfortunate - but there's no doubt that Murray is closer than ever. Under Lendl's tutelage the Scot is growing into a complete player and his rewards must surely follow.
You should be proud, Andy.