Roger Federer Makes It Look Easy
It's hard to say who wanted it more, as Roger Federer and Andy Roddick faced each other across the net at the final match of Wimbledon. Roddick, with one win and desperately hoping for two, or Federer, who knew that if he won it would be a record breaking fifteen major for him. This final consisted of more games than any Grand Slam since the 1800s. Federer was also going for his sixth Wimbledon title, and having confidence from winning Roland Garros just four weeks earlier. That match won him a place in history already, tying Pete Sampras for fourteen major titles.
For four sets, the two were equal, and that lasted throughout the thirty games of the fifth set, until Federer moved ahead and broke Andy Roddick's serve, giving him a final victory of 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. The game lasted more than ninety minutes, and as Federer broke the record Pete Sampras was on hand to watch. Sampras said that Federer was already a legend, but now called him an “icon”. Just 27 years old, the Swiss player is being called by many, including Pete Sampras, as the best tennis player ever.
Sampras wasn't the only tennis legend to be watching this epic match, Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg were seated on the front row as Andy Roddick and Roger Federer battled fiercely and Federer made Wimbledon – and professional tennis – history. This was Roddick's third time in the finals at Wimbledon, competing in 2004 and 2005, both of those tournaments matching him up once again with Roger Federer, and losing both times, making Roddick 0 for 3 at Wimbledon. When the tournament was finally over, the two exhausted and sweat laden players hugged over the net.
Tags: Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Roland Garros, Wimbledon
Posted: 8th July 2009
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