Roger Federer had his sights set on his seventh Wimbledon crown, eyeing Pete Sampras record, and regaining his No. 1 ranking.
Andy Murray, on the other hand, had the hopes of an entire nation resting on his shoulders as he went into the finals with the hope of breaking the great British drought– no Englishman has won a singles title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
Bold-faced names such as Kate and Pippa Middleton and David and Victoria Beckham sat centre court, braced for watching a piece of history unfold.
But in the end, it was tears for Murray as Federer hit one superb shot after and another proved why he is the greatest player to ever step on a court.
Federer defeated Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, and with that, a nation mourned at another chance lost, but also rejoiced at seeing a throughly spectacular final.