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By Rob Peterson
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Roger Federer became a part of the tennis history by winning the record-breaking 15th Grand Slam title of his career and his sixth Wimbledon singles title. The match that exceeded all expectations, witnessed a nerve-shaking tussle in the deciding fifth set that went in the Swiss maestro's favour as he registered a marathon 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 3-6, 16-14 win over an astonishing Andy Roddick. The four hour and 16 minute milestone victory came when Roddick mis-hit a forehand giving Federer a chance to take the historic plunge and win the nail-biter, becoming the best player in the history of tennis.
Roddick started the match on a bright note, picking up the first set by breaking Federer in the 11th game to seal it 7-5. The next set saw the serving brilliance of the American, who forced a tie-break to race to a 6-2 four set points lead. Unfortunately for Roddick though, Federer saved them all and picked up the nail-biting second set 7-6(6).
Federer continued to dominate Roddick in long rallies in the third set and after another tie-break raced to a two sets to one lead. The fourth set saw the grit and determination of the 27 year old American, who snatched an early break for a 4-1 lead. Minutes later, Roddick served out the set 6-3 and levelled the match two sets a piece.
The final set (where there is no tie-break finish) saw the best out of both the players, who continued to deny each other any break point opportunity and while serving at 14-15, Roddick made two consecutive fatal errors to hand Federer the victory of his life.
“It’s not really one of those goals you set as a little boy, but man, it’s been quite a career and quite a month,” Federer said. “It feels amazing, but this is not why I’m playing tennis to break all sort of different records. But it’s definitely one of the greatest ones to have.”
“It was a crazy match with an unbelievable end and my head’s still spinning,” Federer said. “But it’s an unbelievable moment in my career.”
Federer, whose historic win was watched by the tennis greats like Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras, who flew in early morning just to watch Federer surpass his record, later thanked the seven time Wimbledon champion for his appearance in the Royal box.
“Thanks very much for coming. I know it’s a long way, but you’re a member, man, we like to see you here," Federer said "It’s such a pleasure to play in front of such greats legends.”
With the win, Federer pocketed £850,000, whereas Roddick received £425,000 as the runner's up check.
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