Friday, July 5, 2013

Federer knocks of Roddick for Wimbledon Title

On July 5, 2009, the finals for the onehundred and twenty-third running of the Wimbledon Championship took place in London, England. 

Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick  5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 to capture his sixth Wimbledon title.

Roger Federer would establish four significant records at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.  Federer reached his 21st consecutive Grand Slam semi-final and seventh straight Wimbledon final, which were both new records.  By reaching the finals he also has made it to more Grand Slam final matches than any man in history.  Finally, Roger Federer surpassed Pete Sampras by winning his fifteenth Grand Slam title and thus cementing himself as one of the greatest tennis players of all-time.

Federer has had an accomplished career though winning 905 singles matches and 120 doubles matches.

In his singles career Federer has been the peak of excellence for quite some time. He has won 77 career titles, which ranks him tied for third all time in the Open Era. Federer has won four Austrailian Open, one French Open, seven Wimbledon titles, which would have been seven consecutive if he won in 2008 and five US Open titles.

Federer has also won six Tour Finals, won a Silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and placed fourth in the 2000 Olympics, losing in the bronze medal match.

Federer’s highest singles ranking was at the very top, when he reached no.1 in Feb. 2004, and currently he is ranked no. 5 as of July 8, 2013.

In his doubles career he has eight career titles; three Austrailian Open titles, one French Open title, one Wimbledon title and three US Open titles. Federer also won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in doubles.

Federer’s highest doubles ranking has been no. 24 in the world in June 2003.