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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!

 

www.atpworldtour.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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07/08/2009 | 11:07 AM
Go Roger!You are the best!~
07/08/2009 | 04:50 AM
So very proud and happy for you. I'm glad to see that Pete and his wife were there. He was a great role model as well, and very gracious in acknowledging your success and greatness.

Mr. Roger, just wishing you continued success in your career, and h
07/08/2009 | 04:25 AM
I forgot to say I am praying for you -and especially Mirka - for the baby on the way. I hope you will still be able to keep up a good schedule for the rest of the year.

Good luck in New York.
07/08/2009 | 04:19 AM
Roger! Fantastic!

Only the stingy few can deny that you are the greatest player - ever! And their opinion doesn't really count. Are you listening Bud Collins and Mary Carillo?

So proud of you.
07/08/2009 | 03:27 AM
wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Diarys here made great critics about it too!!
Congratulations Dear Rog! You do deserve this!
<3
07/08/2009 | 01:25 AM
Roger, you give your all to tennis, and it pays off. All you have accomplished came from your hard work, responsibility and dedication, but you make it all look like an easy task, because of your humility and the enormous amount of love you put in it . Th
07/08/2009 | 12:32 AM
...you've more that proven what we already

knew......you are the greatest ....tennis player

and human being......we luv ya rog
07/07/2009 | 11:25 PM
Dear Roger :

CONGRATULATIONS , You deserve it . You are the best . All my best wishes for you in US Open . Always supporting you .

GOOD LUCK .

Maika .
07/07/2009 | 10:26 PM
Salut Roger, c'est toujours aussi émouvant pour moi de te voir gagner. A chaque fois j'essaye de regarder le match jusqu'à la fin mais je ne peux pas. J'étais dans un café à Paris où il y avait un écran géant mais je n'ai pas pu aller jusqu'au bout. C'est
07/07/2009 | 08:43 PM
OMG, FANTAASTIC!
Congratulations Roger, you did!