By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
Can we now say that Roger Federer is the best tennis player of all-time? There will still be some debate but not much.
Even though rival Rafael Nadal couldn’t compete in Wimbledon due to injury, Federer (pictured right) still had difficulty winning the tournament final on Sunday. His opponent Andy Roddick played one of the best matches of his life. With both players on their games, the match was simply an instant classic. In the end, Federer outdueled Roddick, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14.
Here are some notes on Sunday’s match.
– The match needed a Wimbledon-record 77 games
– The last set required a Wimbledon-record 30 games
– Federer launched a career-high 50 aces and 107 winners
– Roddick posted 27 aces and 74 winners
Federer’s 15 Grand Slam victories:
– Australian Open: 3
– French Open: 1
– Wimbledon: 6
– U.S. Open: 5
Federer’s overall Grand Slam records:
– 15 Grand Slam titles
– 20 Grand Slam finals (lost all 5 to Nadal)
– 10 consecutive finals
– 21 consecutive semi-finals
The U.S. Open is this year’s final Grand Slam, which will begin on August 31. Federer has won the tournament in the last five years.
WSOE Sports Director