Monday, July 6, 2009

Video: Roger Federer vs Andy Roddick Highlights Wimbledon 2009

Roger Federer of Switzerland lifted the Wimbledon Trophy after beating the American tennis star Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14, in the Men's Singles Final of the 2009 Wimbledon Tennis Championships held at the All England Tennis Club in southwest London on July 5, 2009.

In one of the most electrifying finals, the longest ever grand slam singles final in terms of the games played, Federer fought for four hours and 16 minutes before defeating Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 to claim the Wimbledon Trophy for the sixth time. He is now the proud owner of a record 15th Grand Slam title.

Among the 15,000 viewers there was a beaming Pete Sampras, whose milestone of 14 majors Federer eclipsed yesterday, in the front row of the Royal Box. Apart from Sampras, sitting alongside him were Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg.

Sampras said Federer had settled ‘the perennial debate over who was the game's greatest player’. "The critics say (Rod) Laver, and (Rafael) Nadal beat him a few times in majors, but he's won all the majors, he's going to win a few more here, so in my book he is."

"Andy played an unbelievable tournament and don't be too sad, I went through some rough ones as well, one on this court last year (Rafael Nadal) and I came back and won," Federer said.

"You're an unbelievable guy and you played unbelievable today. Unfortunately there has to be a winner and today I was on the lucky side."

Federer won his 15th major tennis title just in six years after winning his first on the same Centre Court stage. He also improved his win-loss record in major finals to 15-5, with all five of his defeats coming to Nadal and he also regained the world number one ranking.

Andy Roddick, who did not have his serve broken until the final game of the duel - which lasted an incredible 77 games, when it was his turn to speak, told fellow American Sampras, "Sorry Pete, I tried to hold him off."

While the first four sets were tight, the fifth set lasted 95 pulsating minutes. At 14-15 Federer shot away a forehand winner and seconds later the ball shot off Roddick's frame and Federer celebrated with a flying leap in the air.

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