The expert view: Murray missed his big chances
21:24 GMT, 8 July 2012
They all sat on Centre Court analysing every forehand and backhand, enjoying every point of a great match.
Sportsmail put the key questions to Andy Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert, 1977 Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade and former British No 1 Tim Henman.
Slowed: Wade says Murray was mentally tired
Why did Murray lose the match
GILBERT: There are a lot of peaks and valleys in a match. He got off to a good start for the first time in a Grand Slam final but missed break points at 2-2 and 4-4 in the second, which were vital.
You then sensed Federer was gaining momentum.
Then in the third set, a simple game that Murray was leading 40-0 turned into a 20-minute ordeal that he lost. It changed the match.
Federer won the key points, seized the momentum and that was the difference.
WADE: He played really well and it was extremely close throughout.
Federer was a little tight in the first set but halfway through the second he just began to loosen up and Murray began to get a bit tired mentally.
Murray hit some unbelievable shots but there were more from Federer.
On top of that, Murray's serve wasn't quite as good in the final two sets.
HENMAN: You cannot accuse Murray of losing it. He got off to a great start and did such a good job at the beginning, getting that break of serve to win his first set in a Grand Slam final.
Then, at 5-6 in the second set, Federer played two great points at 30-30, finishing off with that great drop shot.
But in the first set Andy took his chances, whereas in the second set he didn't take any of four break points.
Federer was really looking to run round Murray's second serve and target it.
Once Federer starts dominating with his forehand you think you've got to keep going for more and it's like a vicious circle.
That's why he's so difficult to play against.
Cover up: Murray (right) serves to Federer under the roof
Did the roof change the match
GILBERT: Yes. Federer averaged five miles per hour more on his serve under the roof.
He played more aggressively and did a great job of then coming into the net more, playing attacking tennis.
WADE: I don't think the roof changed the game – it's just an excuse some people use.
The momentum of the match had already changed by then. If anything you could have argued that Federer's momentum would have been disrupted by the rain break.
HENMAN: Yes. It was probably as good a time as you could have a rain delay, with it being one set all, but under the roof Federer's ball-striking and timing was just immaculate.
His third and fourth sets were faultless.
What has Murray learnt from this Wimbledon campaign
GILBERT: He did a great job of managing himself, not getting down on himself and not losing it on court. He had a cry but that was after the match.
Ivan Lendl and he will now study the match, because you learn from winning but you really have to learn from losing.
Learning curve: Ivan Lendl will look at the tape
WADE: One thing that has been noticeable is that he doesn't look as afraid to make errors as he used to.
I think that has come from Ivan Lendl. Murray used to play a bit safe and got angry with himself when he made errors – he doesn't like making mistakes – but he's more aggressive now and that means hitting more winners.
He has also learnt not to be too high or low emotionally on court.
Again, that has come from Lendl.
HENMAN: I think it's much better he tried to play the big points on his own terms. If he hadn't, you would have said he wasn't aggressive enough.
But that's where the pressure is – playing someone like Federer you know you have to take every opportunity – and Andy will learn from that.
Can he ever win a Slam and what does he have to improve to take that final step
GILBERT: The three guys in front of him have won 29 of the last 30 Grand Slams.
Nadal is 26, Djokovic is 25 and Federer is the youngest almost 31-year-old ever.
But Kim Clijsters lost her first four and then won four. Ivan Lendl lost his first four and won eight.
So I believe that whenever he wins the first one, the floodgates will open.
He's closer than ever but winning that first one is so difficult.
A couple of times after losing Slam finals, he's had dips in form.
He can't have that now because it's the Olympics and the US Open.
I'm sure Ivan will make sure that doesn't happen.
Trio of greats: Murray unlucky to play in the same ear as Djokovic (left), Nadal (right) and Federer
WADE: I don't know what more he can do. He was brilliant.
It is so, so tough when you have Roger, Nadal and Djokovic in front of you.
If you play tennis at a time when there is one phenomenal player, you can accept it.
Two is unlucky but three is just so tough. But he should still make more finals and each time he will have more experience.
He just has to hope it is not against one of those guys.
HENMAN: Yes, he will win one. We all believe that but the key thing is it's important that Murray does, too.
It's going to be very difficult for him in the short term but he's doing the right things and playing the right way and if he keeps doing that, he'll have more opportunities in the future.
But this will be a tough loss, a devastating loss.
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How much more can Federer go on to achieve
GILBERT: Andre Agassi blossomed in his early thirties. I have a feeling Federer is going to play great until he is 35.
He's never injured, he knows how to manage his schedule and it is not unrealistic he could win 20 Grand Slams.
The last eight winners of Wimbledon have been No 1 at the end of the year.
He will be determined to make it nine.
WADE: Federer looked as fresh as a daisy when he came off court. I know how much he wants to win again at the Olympics and how great would that be
It would be an unbelievable achievement but I don't think it is possible.
HENMAN: His achievements in the game are just phenomenal.
A lot of people were trying to write him off because he had reached the age of 30 and the list of people who have won after that is very small.
You also felt that Djokovic and Nadal were separating themselves from him, but he's had other ideas.
I think he's still the player to beat.
I wouldn't be surprised if he came back to Wimbledon in 12 months' time and that was still the case.
I think he's going to be No 1 for quite some time.