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Federer surpassed Pete Sampras' mark of 14 majors with a five set thriller over Roddick in the 2009 Wimbledon final.
Again, poor Andy Roddick.
Federer tortured his rival at Wimbledon again in 2009, winning a five-set final at 16-14 in the final set. It is considered to be one of the greatest matches of all time.
In doing so, Federer won his sixth Wimbledon and passed Pete Sampras in the all-time slam count, tallying number 15.
This one was cruel for Roddick. The American was much sharper than Fed from the baseline, often outlasting him in long rallies. His serve was almost unbreakable, as Roger toiled for hours on end without breaking even once.
It was also a pretty sloppy Federer for the most part. There were several shanks, netted balls, and poor returns. Roger seemed asleep for most of the first two sets.
But just Roddick's luck, he finally gets Federer on a bad day, and Fed somehow manages a career-best 50 aces to thwart yet another game challenge by the American.
The match had two turning points. The first, as we all know, came in the second set tiebreaker. Roddick had dominated the first two sets, and held four set points to go up two sets to love. Fed flicked a pretty backhand winner and then held his nerve on serve to force a pressure-packed serve at 6-5 from Roddick. This is the point that Andy wakes up sweating to: he controlled the point and set up an easy backhand volley for a commanding lead in the match, only to botch it wide.
Fed then put a passing shot at Roddick's feet to set up his own set point on serve, and a Roddick error long gives Roger the set.
Fed screamed in relief, the crowd exploded—the champ was still alive. This stuff will give you chills.
Kudos to Roddick for somehow bouncing back and winning the fourth set after Fed won another tie-breaker in the third.
The fifth was a battle of attrition, each man holding serve with their fates on the line over and over again. Then came the second most important of the match. A brilliant backhand winner from Roddick gave him two break points at 8-8 in the fifth. Only this time, he did nothing wrong to lose his opportunity. Fed crushed a first serve and finished the point off with a brilliant swinging volley to save the first, and then hit another first serve for a winner on the second. He would hold.
14 games later, Roddick was finally broken, for the first time in four hours, and the match was over.
Federer did it again. For the 15th time, somehow.