Monday, July 6, 2009
Rodger Federer became history when he defeated American Andy Roddick 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 to earn the record for Grand Slam singles titles overhauling the total of Pete Sampras who was in the Royal Box along with fellow legends Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver.A dejected figure after the match Roddick knew how close he had come to winning the title and the 6-2 lead in the second set tie-break will be told to his children and grandchildren how he nearly held that Wimbledon trophy that day.I must say that Ive never been a great Roddick fan but today in the 5Th it would not have worried me to see Roddick win,he has worked hard at his shortfalls this year , his new coach Larry Stefanki has made him a true top 3 player once again.There always has to be a loser and whilst many hope Roddick can come back and win this title, I hope he can, he may join player's that have came close and never quite got over the finish line and maybe this will be as close as Roddick will get.
Federer said at presentation he has been on the losing end and knows how it feels to lose an epic final, Roddick was quick to say "well you have won five" meaning how individually important this moment was for Roddick in context of Roger's titles.It will take time for Roddick to move on from this match knowing how close he was to winning it.Another great Wimbledon final showcasing the men's game once again. Roddick was asked a question how he coped with losing the second set he replied “You know, at that point, like everything else, there's two options: you lay down or you keep going. The second option sounded better to me." After some time when the dust settles from the match lets hope Roddick will keep going.!In other Finals today Mark Knowles and Anne-Lena Groenefeld won the mixed doubles final, beating top seeds Leander Paes and Cara Black to bring the curtain down on Wimbledon 2009.Earlier a new boy's champion was crowned when unseeded Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia beat Jordan Cox USA 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.Another Wimbledon passes great matches and great story's ...Bring on The US open and the return of Raffa.
Finally i have enclosed a link for a tennis blog, pro Roddick.... I read with interest the article that had some valid points , about the presentation, sponsors erred in supplying Federer or the monogram as the writer calls him with a Jacket already with the 15 titles on it to wear at prize giving, I to think it belittled a gallant opponent. Here is the link