20W20 #5: 2009 Final, Federer vs Roddick

We're at the top 5 now! Today features Federer's record-breaking win against Roddick. Only 7 years had passed since Pete Sampras had won his 14th Grand Slam title and set the standard for future champions, but the Swiss Maestro now stood at the threshold of sporting immortality. But standing between him and the Grand Slam record was a familiar foe, rising once again to the sport's biggest stage to play spoiler against the coronation of a new king.
Federer had dominated his Roddick throughout their careers, winning all 7 of their previous Slam encounters. But this time it was Roddick who played the better tennis, bossing the World No. 2 around the court with his trademark brute power. A shocked Wimbledon crowd watched on as Roddick blasted his way to within a point of leading 2 sets to 0, with 4 set points in the tiebreak. And then the champion sprung back into action. A beautiful angled backhand pickup winner from Federer kickstarted a surge of momentum as he saved 4 set points to level the match.
Roddick would not be fazed. He would match Federer step for step, both players raining down aces like there was no tomorrow and dominating on serve. A 5th set would ensue, with Federer serving first. In this captivating battle of Federer's exquisite elegance vs Roddick's dominating power, it seemed to be American underdog with the upper hand. At 8-8, he earned 2 break points for a chance to serve out the match, but Federer would not be denied his rendezvous with destiny. With the clutch serving he had shown all match - he would finish the match with a staggering 50 aces - he held his serve and they played on.
10-10.
11-11.
12-12
It was a contest that seemed like it would never end. It set a new record for the most games ever played in a Grand Slam final, a record which will now remain in the history books forever with the new 5th set tiebreaks in place.
But in the end perhaps it was written in the stars for Federer. At 15-14 - at long last - the Maestro broke Roddick's serve for the first time all match to seal his 15th Grand Slam victory and take his throne atop the Mt Olympus of tennis, watched on by the pantheon of tennis gods - Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and Pete Sampras. With a mind-boggling 5-7 7-6(6) 7-6(5) 3-6 16-14 scoreline, it remains the most games ever played in a Grand Slam final.
For Roddick, it would be a bitter pill to swallow - getting so much closer than ever before to overcoming his great rival only to fall short once more. He would never reach another Grand Slam final and went into a steep decline until his retirement in 2012. Meanwhile Federer had achieved more than just his 15th Slam, he had achieved redemption from his heartbreaking 2008 loss and the reaffirmation of dominance he had craved so badly for nearly a year.
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Enjoy!
 

RS

Legend
And people say this match wasn’t quality.

Pushing a prime Federer to 16-14 and beating Hewitt and a prime Murray is a hell of a effort. But people prop up the 2015 and 2019 matches over this which was the best final in the last over 10 years :rolleyes:
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
And people say this match wasn’t quality.

Pushing a prime Federer to 16-14 and beating Hewitt and a prime Murray is a hell of a effort. But people prop up the 2015 and 2019 matches over this which was the best final in the last over 10 years :rolleyes:
And yeah 2009 and even 2010 was a prime Murray on grass.
2021 RS, better than ever. Such quality baiting. Props.

 
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