Andy Murray will be taking time away from the tennis court this week after losing out in his bid to make Wimbledon history.

The 25-year-old broke down in tears after losing 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 in the final to Roger Federer on Sunday. He was hoping to become the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry in 1936, but it was Federer who made history, equalling Pete Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon titles.

The Swiss veteran now has a total of 17 grand slams, and has restored his world number one ranking. Murray broke down in tears as he thanked his family and the crowd, who roared to deafening applause throughout the match.

The Scot, who is representing Great Britain in the Olympics in just a few weeks, said he does not know how long he plans to take off tennis.

"Until my mind is right," he said. "There's no point in going on the court until I'm ready to go out there and learn and work hard and do the right things in the gym and in practice because there's just no point.

"So I'll wait and see how my body recovers after the next few days. I fell a lot of times this tournament. I got a lot of bruises all over my body and stuff. So I need to take a few days off, let everything heal, recover, and then see. But I won't be on the court next week, that's for sure."

Murray's unusual display of emotion on court took fans by surprise, also reducing girlfriend Kim Sears and mother Judy Murray to tears. "I'm going to try this and it's not going to be easy," he said, to cheers from the 15,000-strong crowd.

He congratulated 30-year-old Federer and thanked "Team Murray" for their support. "I'm going to try and not look at them because I'll probably start crying again but everyone who is in that corner over there, who has supported me...we did a great job, so thank you.

"And last of all to you guys," he told the crowd. "Everybody always talks about the pressure of playing at Wimbledon, how difficult it is. It's not the people watching, they make it so much easier to play."

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Andy played an outstanding match and did Scotland proud." His brother, fellow tennis player Jamie Murray, wrote on Twitter: "My Brother is a champion. He may not have won but he is a champion."