Roddick broken as Federer breaks records

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta

Roger Federer

Prior to Sunday’s Wimbledon final, Roger Federer had only ever been beaten in any Grand Slam final by one man – Rafael Nadal.

This was just one of the daunting statistics that helped stack the odds in the Swiss maestro’s favour in the build up to Sunday’s showdown. But a revitalised Andy Roddick wasn’t perturbed on Centre Court as he fought to the death in an enticing five set encounter.

In fact it was Roddick who stole the opening set from Federer when he pounced on a rare break point on Federer’s serve at 6-5. The number two seed soon fought back however, taking the next set two sets in tie breaks.

Federer was on the cusp of history – just one set between him an a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam – but the resilient American took the initiative and snatched the fourth set 6-3.

The final set – with no tie break of course – was a tense affair. Both players held their serves firmly, with break points a rarity as the games clocked up. Amazingly, the fifth set lasted a phenomenal one hour and 35 minutes.

And it was Federer who took his chance when presented with the first championship point from deuce on Roddick’s serve. It was the first time that Federer had managed to break the Roddick serve in the entire match.

After the heartbreak of last year’s epic final against Rafael Nadal, one could sense the enormous significance of regaining the title he so brutally lost 12 months ago.

Speaking after the endless 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 encounter, he told BBC Sport: “It feels great. It was a crazy match with an unbelievable end and my head’s still spinning.”

For Andy Roddick, heartbreak once again. Another Wimbledon final slips away; a third defeat at the hands of Federer on Centre Court. But he must take comfort in the fact that not only has he given Federer a run for his money on his favourite stage, he has shown a vast improvement in his game.

We watched as he thoroughly outplayed Andy Murray on Friday and dismissed the resurgent Lleyton Hewitt days before. The number six seed demonstrated great skill in his ability to mix his game up with a selection of deft drop shots and volleys.

Coached by former player Larry Stefanki, the 26-year-old will be looking to bounce back immediately and mount a challenge for the final Grand Slam of the season at the US Open which starts at the end of August.

A devastated Roddick appeared in the Wimbledon media room after the match and when asked if he can take heart from today’s loss that he will win another Grand Slam title, he simply replied, “No, not really.”

“It’s tough to digest it all and come in here to give you guys an insight so soon afterwards,” he continued. “I’ll just keep going. There’s not another option.”

So Federer has cemented his place in history on Centre Court today. The first player to ever win 15 Grand Slams, beating Pete Sampras’ record. A phenomenal achievement for the 27-year-old and one that sees him leapfrog the injury-ridden Nadal back to number one in the world.

He now holds three of the four Grand Slams as he looks to retain his title in New York and win a sixth consecutive US Open. Is Federer the greatest to ever play the game? It’s a big question, but he now certainly has the numbers on his side.
[poll id=”22″]


MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Georginio Wijnaldum

Rotterdam Open
The Sport Review
Roger Federer sweeps past Grigor Dimitrov for 97th title in Rotterdam: ‘It’s great to win this way!’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard delivers clear update on his Chelsea FC future
The Sport Review
Steven Gerrard reacts to Chelsea FC’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona
The Sport Review
Pat Nevin: What Paul Pogba needs to prove to Man United supporters