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Roger Federer Gets the Grand Slam Record

Updated on July 5, 2009

Roger Federer

This afternoon Roger Federer won the mens final at Wimbledon today and in doing so has officially become the greatest player in Grand Slam history eclipsing the record of 14 Grand Slams set by Pete Sampras.

Federer, who won his first French Open title just a month ago, has now won at Wimbledon an incredible six times as well as the Australian Open three times, the US Open five times and Roland Garros just the once.

In a tightly fought match Federer beat Andy Roddick 5-7 7-6(8-6) 7-6(7-5) 3-6 16-14 in a gruelling five set match which ended with both players looking like punch drunk casualties from a Rocky film. It was a match which eventually came down to a matter of stamina rather than tennis court skill.

Right from the outset it looked like this match would go the distance despite Andy Roddick being the underdog. Both players were epic in service reeling off Ace after Ace. In fact it was such an evenly fought game that breaking service was nearly an impossibility for either player.

With 2 sets having already gone to nerve breaking ties it was destiny that the fifth and final set would be just so dramatic with the players literally playing to the death. Throughout the final set the players matched each other again and again rarely letting anything slip except there footing on the now thread bare court. But finally in the 30th game of the set Federer achieve his dream not by so much outplaying Roddick but more through stamina and determination.

With this impressive sixth Wimbledon win Federer will return to the top of the rankings above Nadal who sadly had to pullout of this year’s Wimbledon tournament. But the question is how many more Grand Slams can the 27 year old Federer win before he decides to call it a day and would Britain’s Andy Murray have faired any better in this dramatic final?

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