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By Karen Walker
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Roger Federer is standing on verge of creating history as another Grand Slam title will make him the all-time leader in the Singles titles tally, surpassing the American Pete Sampras' record of 14 majors. Ironically, the man who is standing between him and the slice of history is another American, Andy Roddick. Let's take a look at the chances of both players, as they prepare themselves for the one final that will change their lives forever.
Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick
Federer leads series 18-2
Last Meeting - 2009 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open QF
Federer won 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1
With a win over Tommy Haas in the semifinals on Friday, Roger Federer set a new record of reaching seven consecutive Wimbledon finals, with only blemish coming in the 2008 final where he lost to Rafael Nadal in arguably the best match in the tennis history. His opponent in the final is a player whom he has already beaten at the same stage in 2004 and 2005. Andy Roddick, a two time losing finalist, is playing the best tennis of his career. His emphatic win over British heart-throb Andy Murray in the semifinals made tennis pundits look at him with a completely different perspective. All these years, Roddick remained in the shadow of the Nadal's and Federer's of the game. But Sunday's final has presented him with a chance to prove that his 2003 U.S. Open triumph at Flushing Meadows was not a flash in the pan.
The fact is, both men know each other's game so well, thanks to their twenty career meetings, that it is not a matter of strategy that they carry into the final, it's more about the will to win. The mental toughness and the hunger to win is what made Serena Williams snatch the Venus Rosewater Dish from five time champion Venus Williams and this is going to be the deciding factor in the Men's final as well.
From the technical aspect, both Roddick and Federer have great serves, tremendous court coverage and awe-inspiring groundstrokes. Where Roddick's 'serve and volley' style of play limits his chances to an extent, Federer's all court game gives him an edge in long rallies.
No matter what the result, both men know the importance of Sunday's final. The history at the All England Lawn Tennis Club has favoured all sorts of triumphants with the 2001 championships being a witness to a wild card entrant (Goran Ivanisevic) lifting the 'Golden trophy' to the thorough baseliners Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi leaving their mark on the courts that have most ardently been loyal to serve and volleyers of the game. Rest everything remains in the lap of time.
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