Roger Federer passed Pete Sampras on Sunday, to hold the record for most Grand Slam championships with 15. It was fitting that he had to survive a marathon four-hour sixteen minute match to take possession of the record. Andy Roddick had the match of his life, but it wasn’t enough to beat the greatest player the sport has seen.
Federer offered up 50 aces during the match, a personal record. He battled through two tiebreakers after dropping the first set 7-5. After losing the fourth set 6-3, Federer grinded out a 97-minute fifth set for the victory. He only broke Roddick’s service game once during the epic showdown, at the end of the fifth set, to clinch the victory. Federer survived the grueling 77-game match, using his poise, power, and stoic concentration.
Roddick threw the kitchen sink at Federer today, showcasing his power serve, a steady return game, and solid approach shots, but in the end, destiny won out. Everyone had Federer winning this tournament and setting the record, but nobody could have predicted this unbelievable match. Many predicted a blowout, citing Federer’s 18-2 career record against Roddick. But after last year’s thrilling loss to Rafael Nadal, Federer was determined to regain the championship he’s now won six times.
Congratulations to Roger Federer, a graceful winner and determined champion. He barely survived one of the greatest matches in Wimbledon history to set the record for most Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis history. Hats off to the champ.