Federer settles argument about Greatest of All Time

July 5, 2009


Roger Federer’s epic five-set victory over Andy Roddick, heartbreaking for the American, has surely now settled the question of who is the Greatest of All Time.

That, at least, is the view of Pete Sampras, who was on hand to watch as Federer overtook him in the majors stakes with a 15-th grand slam title.

It was a monumental match and while the crowd revelled in Federer’s success I doubt there was anyone on Centre Court who did not feel sorry for Roddick, who played with such heart before eventually succumbing 16-14 in the fifth set.

Here’s what Sampras had to say:

“The guy’s a legend and now he’s an icon. He’s got 15 majors, that’s a lot of majors, that’s a lot of work. He’s a credit to the game. The critics say (Rod) Laver, and (Rafael) Nadal beat him a few times in majors, but he’s won all the majors, he’s going to win a few more here, so in my book he is (the greatest).”

And who could argue with that?

PHOTO: Roger Federer kisses the Wimbledon trophy after defeating Andy Roddick of the U.S. in their final in London, July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth


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Fed was helped by serving first in the last set so Roddick was always having to serve to save the match from 6-5 onwards. Roddick broke serve more times in the match…

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

Roddick was serving first in the first set, second set and the fourth set. Federer got it first only in the third and then in the fifth. If at all Roddick was lucky serving first in three out of five sets.

Roddick broke Feds serve only twice. Federer broke Roddick once and won two tie breaks. So indeed the better player won.

Posted by musing | Report as abusive

Incredible & hope Roger Federer wins more majors.

– Prakash Gantori

Posted by Prakash Gantori | Report as abusive

Hey Mark, even if you break serve more times, as Roddick did, you can lose. You can also lose if you win more points than your opponent, and you can lose if you win more games than your opponent.
The ONLY thing that matters is if you win more sets than your opponent. That’s tennis.

Posted by Glen Evan | Report as abusive

Amazing we salute you!

Posted by Daisy | Report as abusive

It was an incredible match. It could have gone either way and as a true fan of tennis, I could not have asked for more. But, as a true Fedex fan, I was gunning for him to win and he did manage to hang in there and see of the improved Roddick. I am happy that Fedex won the final and got to 15th slam, but am equally happy to see Roddick trying to unleash his true potential. This means, we can see a lot better tennis from here on.

Congrats Roger and all the best.

Posted by muralisk | Report as abusive

Roddick played A great final and proved many people including my friends wrong that it would be a cake walk for Roger but still Wimbledon crown went to the deserving champion.Roddick was a part of an epic SW19 final and should be proud to be a part of such an historic event in tennis.
Hail Roger.

Posted by Akshay | Report as abusive

Federer is smug, dismissive of reality and his wearing of the 15 tracksuit so soon after the end of the match showed nothing but contempt for the far classier defeated finalist.

Posted by Dan | Report as abusive

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