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06.07.2009 | Tennis

Federer win breaks Sampras record (BBC Online)


Roger Federer became the greatest player in Grand Slam history as he beat Andy Roddick in five dramatic sets for a sixth Wimbledon and 15th major title.


The Swiss won 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 to surpass Pete Sampras's 14 Grand Slam wins and regain the title he lost to Rafael Nadal last year.


And Sampras was back at Wimbledon for the first time since 2002 to watch from the Royal Box as Federer made history.


But he had to dig deep against an in-form Roddick, who had four points for a two-set lead and then battled back to force an epic fifth set as the match became the longest men's singles final ever in terms of games played.



Federer - In a league of his own (watoday.com)


After Federer overcame Andy Roddick in a marathon, five-set serving duel Sunday for his sixth Wimbledon title and 15th Grand Slam championship, Sampras was left with no doubt about who is the greatest male player of all time.


There is no denying that Federer has firmly cemented himself as the finest player of the generation and, at age 27, the favorite for other major titles to come.



Roger Federer is a great - and humble- tennis icon (LA Times Online)


Like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, carved into the granite of a symbolic national structure, there were Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, the Mt. Rushmore of men's tennis.


And now Federer, that impeccably elegant, perfect Swiss timepiece, is the grandest champion of all, better than everybody else, the first face on the tennis mountain that all eyes will be drawn to.



Pete Sampras pays homage to great Roger Federer following Wimbledon triumph (sofiaecho.com)


Swiss ace and world number one Roger Federer has said of his epic Wimbledon final and his historic 15th Grand Slam that he has shocked even himself and still finds it rather hard to digest the reality, that he has  surprised Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles.

Sampras paid homage to the great Swiss, insisting that should he maintain his top form, determination and hunger for the game, and more importantly, should he remain injury free, he could easily win 18 or 19 Grand Slams during his career. Beat that.








Check out ATP's tribute to Roger's 15th Grand Slam victory!




















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07/07/2009 | 07:38 AM

07/07/2009 | 07:27 AM
Y llego ese día, donde los records fueron superados y el maestro volvio a dar clase, de valentía, amor propio y al deporte, tenasidad, sacrificio, entrega.... y tantas cosas más que lo hacen unico y el mas grande deportista del planeta.
Felicitaciones Ro
07/07/2009 | 06:18 AM
Roger i wanna say something which is contradictory to ur interview i read today in the newspaper about Rafa.i am really a great fan of u and my little sis is a great fan of Rafa.she and my mom was making fun of u,when u won at Paris.i actually cried that
07/07/2009 | 06:11 AM
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07/07/2009 | 06:10 AM
Hi Roger
I knew that you will win thi s from votes.
Any way no argument that you are the greatest player of all time in wimbledon & future too.
Best wishes for you.Mirka & your baby.
07/07/2009 | 05:36 AM
Roger - you showed yourself to be the true champion that you are, by patiently hanging in there and taking the opportunity when it came. It was nearly 4am in Australia at that point, but there was no way I could go to bed before the end!!
Well done, you
07/07/2009 | 05:33 AM
Dear Roger,

Many congratulations on your 15th Grand Slam and soundly confirming that you are the best ever tennis player. Your genius, grace and determination are an inspiration to us all. May you stay healthy and continue to rewrite the history book
07/07/2009 | 05:24 AM
So good to see the very positive articles and the recognition of your great game, Roger, and also that "outlasting" quality. There was a point in the match, when I sensed, or saw something in you that told me that in no way would you relinquish this match
07/07/2009 | 04:53 AM
yeah! You are always the best! We love you!
07/07/2009 | 04:35 AM
all the tributes are just beautiful... especially the video in atpworldtour.com. i am still watching all of it. doesn't get old :P congrats once again roger!