Sunday, 5 July 2009

Roger Federer Wins Wimbledon

With the last set involving an epic struggle that Federer eventually won 16 games to 14, Federer has won the Wimbledon Final, in 5 sets, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. After the match Federer said "It's an unbelievable moment in my career ... [to Sampras in the crowd] thanks very much for coming ... it's such a pleasure to play in front of such great legends ... Tennis is crazy ... this could have gone on for a few more hours I think ..." With reigning Wimbledon Champion Rafael Nadal unable to compete, Federer returns to World No. 1 with the win, and also now holds a record 15 Grand Slam victories, a record which he takes from Pete Sampras and which he marked with a gold 15 on the back of the tracksuit he put on after the match.

You have to feel a bit sorry for Andy Roddick, who gave Federer an immense amount to worry about during the Final. After the match Roddick said, ""Sorry Pete [to Sampras and former Champions in the crowd], I tried to hold him off. I still hope that one day my name will be up there with theirs as a winner of this tournament." Andy will have to console himself with the £425,000 runners up cheque.

Celebrities attending the Wimbledon Final, as spotted by the BBC cameramen, included Woody Allen, Russell Crowe, Sir Alex Ferguson, Henry Kissinger and Sir Trevor McDonald, as well as the former champions Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras, who flew in specially and arrived in the crowd a few games after the beginning of the match.

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