The Reuters global sports blog
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).”
Like a man who comes back from the shops with a dirty big power tool and immediately decides the pictures need re-hanging, Wimbledon just couldn’t resist putting their expensive new toy to use … even if it wasn’t completely clear they needed it.
A little piece of sporting history was made on Monday as the new roof over Centre Court at Wimbledon was put in place for the first time in a match at the Championships.