Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 5 July 2009

Roger Federer wears down Andy Roddick to win his 15th Grand Slam

With previous champions and greats onlooking, including Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg and the infamous Pete Sampras, both players came out with some big serving, and there were no diffult holds in the first 10 games. Then came game 11, where Andy Roddick had to save 4 break points, with help of some big serving for a 6-5 lead. With the first set heading towards a tie break, Andy Roddick came up with a break, and set point out of nowhere, and Federer couldn't save it when his backhand drifted into tramline, to hand the American the first set, 7-5.

The second set was much the same as most of the first set, with both players holding all 6 of their service games with ease and the anticipated tie break arrived. Roger Federer to this point still hadn't looked fully settled down into his game and it showed when Andy Roddick stormed into a 6-2 lead, and four set points. That's when Federer's class came through, as well as the nerves of Andy Roddick as he missed a volley at 6-5, smashing it wildly off the court. Federer took the tie break 8-6 and tied the match up.

Anyone could have easily expected Andy Roddick to roll over here, but he battled on and held his serve, although not getting close to breaking Federer in the 3rd set. The only break point in this set came in game 6, against the Roddick serve, but that was followed up by some big serves and saved. Tie break number 2 came, and it was Roger Federer who raced out into a big lead in this one. Roddick saved two set points from 6-3, but Federer took his final one with help of a big serve out wide that left the whole court open on the follow up; 7-5 and 2 sets to 1.

A few errors crept into Federer's game at the beginning of the 4th set, and was broken on his second service game, after saving the first break point with an ace, he coudl only hit the bottom of the net as he stretched for a volley. No break points followed and Roddick even battled back from 0-30 when serving for the set, to win the fouth set 6-3.

Wanting to get off to a quick start in the final set, Roger Federer held his opening service game to 15, and then earned a sixth set point on a great backhand, with help of clipping the net. Roddick was able to save it again however, and the match was staying with serve in the final set. With Wimbledon not using tie breaks in the final set and with both service games being impeccable, it wasn't until game 17 until we had two break points, in favour of Andy Roddick. Two big serves saved Roger Federer and he went on to win that game and take a 9-8 lead. As the final set dragged on, with both players holding onto their serves, Federer was holding with more ease and winning points on Roddick's. The break looked like it was coming, and then Roddick would serve up a big serve to get himself out of trouble. His movement was fading whilst Federer still had top energy levels, and in game 30, Roger Federer came up with the goods, breaking the American who's final shot was scuppered into the air and long, for Roger Federer to become the Wimbledon Champion for the 6th time, and winning the most Grand Slam titles in history, now having won 15, and returns to world number 1. Federer only broke serve once in the whole match, but it was the most important one. The final score 5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14.

It goes without saying it was an epic final set, and both players had their chances in the match. Neither deserved to lose, but congratulations to Roger Federer on his success, and credit to Andy Roddick for his performance. Tennis legend, Pete Sampras conceded after the match that Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player in history.

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