Jul 6, 2009

Roger Federer downs Andy Roddick for record 15th Grand Slam

Part of me is relieved when Roger Federer won the last point to clinch his record 15th Grand Slam title.

Federer has got everything he and his fans wished for - winning the French Open, breaking Pete Sampras 14-Grand Slam record and reclaiming his no.1 ranking.

From now on, Rafael Nadal is a free man - he'll never will be blamed for stopping Federer from achieving all that.

Coming back to the main topic, Andy Roddick did all he could but he just couldn't break Federer's serve to wrap up the match.

Federer who served a career-high 50 aces, overcame Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 in a nail-biting victory.

The marathon match finally ended after more than four hours.

Federer jumped high in celebration, punched the air and even whacked the net with his racket.

Roddick on the other side of the court tossed his racket.

Later the two men shared a hug at the net.

“It’s not really one of those goals you set as a little boy, but man, it’s been quite a career and quite a month,” Federer said.

“It feels amazing, but this is not why I’m playing tennis to break all sort of different records. But it’s definitely one of the greatest ones to have.”
Turning to Sampras, Federer said: “Thanks very much for coming. I know it’s a long way, but you’re a member, man, we like to see you here. It’s such a pleasure to play in front of such greats legends.”
Roddick said: “Sorry, Pete, I tried to hold him off.”
Federer is now the third player to win six Wimbledon championships - Sampras and William Renshaw each won seven.

This was the longest men’s Grand Slam final in history at 77 games and also the longest fifth set in a men’s Grand Slam final in history, surpassing the 20 games from 1927 in France.
“It was a crazy match with an unbelievable end and my head’s still spinning,” Federer said.

“But it’s an unbelievable moment in my career.”
(Via AP, Images by Getty Images)

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