Sunday, July 5, 2009

Roger Dazzles; beats Roddick 16-14 in 5th for 15th Major

How do you put it into words? If there is an adjective to describe Roger Federer's achievement on Sunday, defeating Andy Roddick 16-14 in the 5th set, the word is beyond me. The Swiss served an incredible 50 aces, 5 off the single match record, in the 4 hour 17 minute epic against Roddick. Roddick took the 1st set 7-5, and had a 6-2 lead in the 2nd set breaker before letting the set slip away. With the momentum on Roger's side, Andy continued to fight, holding serve brilliantly until the 3rd set tie-break, which Federer won 7-5. Andy got an early break in the 4th, allowing him to serve out the set at 5-3. The tension on Centre Court and in the seats was unbearable, according to spectators, and if this match didn't put Mirka Federer into labor, I have no idea what will. Federer and Roddick held serve amazingly in the 5th, both winning their 1st serve points over 83 % of the time. Federer fended off 2 break points late in the decider to hold, and Roddick's ground game was slowly corrupting. Serving at 14-15, A-Rod got up to a 40-30 lead. Federer forced errors from Roddick to gain his 1st championship point. A forehand from the American sailed long, and Roger, who now holds the record of most Grand Slam titles with 15, jumped for joy. Federer impressed unlookers which included Pete Sampras, Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg by hitting 107 winners to Roddick's 74, and 5 more unforced errors. Roger will now regain the number 1 ranking that was taken away from him last summer by Rafael Nadal. And props to Roddick, who played an absolutely fantastic match.

Gentlemen's Singles- Finals
Roger Federer (2) def. Andy Roddick (6), 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 16-14

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