Wimbledon Tennis 2012 Finals: How Roger Federer's Win Compares to All-Time Best
Roger Federer re-established himself as the No. 1 player in tennis after winning his record-tying seventh Wimbledon final on Sunday.
FedEx was able to best crowd-favorite Andy Murray in rather uneventful fashion (4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4) at the All-England Club.
It marked the first time Federer was able to win the tournament since his five-set triumph in 2009 over Andy Roddick.
Federer is finally back on top, but does his most recent victory top the list of the all-time best triumphs at Wimbledon?
Read on to find out.
5. Roger Federer Beats Andy Roddick in 2009
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Roger Federer's 2009 victory over Andy Roddick at the All-England Club makes this list because of what it meant for FedEx's career, but also for the fierce competition between the two.
Before this match, Federer was tied with Bjorn Borg for the second-most Wimbledon Championships with five. Federer was able to surpass Borg by beating Roddick, but his win didn't come easily.
The two amassed a whopping total of 77 games, the current record for most games played in a Grand Slam singles final. Federer won the marathon fifth set by a score of 16-14, taking 95 minutes to do so.
Roddick bookended the first four sets with victories, but Federer was able to win sets two and three. Federer's victory moved him ahead of Pete Sampras for the most major championships in tennis history with 15.
4. Bjorn Borg Beats John McEnroe in 1980
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The last Wimbledon Championship Bjorn Borg ever won came in 1980 against second-seeded John McEnroe.
In one of the greatest final matches ever, Borg bested McEnroe, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16-18), 8-6, to win his fifth consecutive title at the All-England Club.
Borg got off to a discouraging start in which he lost the first set and was frequently beaten in the second. It appeared as though McEnroe would put a stranglehold on the match, but Borg broke McEnroe for the first time in the 12th game of the second set.
After winning the third set, Borg went on to take a commanding 5-4 lead in the fourth and looked to be in prime position to win his fifth Wimbledon final. However, McEnroe battled back to win the fourth set after winning the tiebreaker 18-16.
The Swede was able to win a fifth-set tiebreaker to take home his fifth straight Wimbledon title.
3. Rafael Nadal Beats Roger Federer in 2008
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Before Federer moved into the second spot on the list of most Wimbledon victories in 2009, he was denied that position in 2008 by Rafael Nadal.
It marked Nadal's first Wimbledon Championship and fifth Grand Slam overall. Two rain delays forced the opponents to remain engaged for over seven hours.
Nadal's victory denied Federer of becoming the first man since the 1880s to finish atop the field in six straight Wimbledon Championships. Rafa also became the first man since 1980 to win at the All-England Club and the French Open in the same year.
The Spaniard jumped out to a two-set lead before allowing his opponent to win the third and fourth sets, 6-7 (5-7) and 6-7 (8-10). There was bonus tennis in the final set, which Nadal won 9-7 to put a stop to the marathon.
The match remains one of the best performances in Grand Slam finals history.
2. Pete Sampras Beats Patrick Rafter in 2000
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The 2000 rendition of Wimbledon saw Pete Sampras score a 6-7 (12-10), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-2 victory over Patrick Rafter to win his then-record 13th Grand Slam final.
After beating Andre Agassi the year before to tie Roy Emerson's record of 12, Sampras won at the All-England Club in 2000 despite entering the tournament with a shin injury.
The American didn't get off to the start that he would have hoped. Rafter won the first set and held a 4-1 lead in the second set, but failed to close the deal. Sampras made a furious comeback to win the second set and the final two sets that followed.
Sampras' win marked his seventh Wimbledon title in eight years, and also the last time he would hoist the trophy at the All-England Club.
1. Roger Federer Beats Andy Murray in 2012
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Roger Federer continued to build on his already-impressive resume by beating crowd-favorite Andy Murray at the All-England Club on Sunday 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4.
Federer didn't have the toughest draw, but took down Novak Djokovic in the semifinals to set up a showdown against Murray.
FedEx tied Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles and brought his record Grand Slam singles total to 17. Not only did Federer add to his collection of trophies atop his mantle, but he also reclaimed the No. 1 world ranking, vaulting past Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Many pegged Federer to fail at the hands of Djokovic, but the 30-year-old Switzerland native refused to fall. Even after losing the first set to Murray, Federer battled back and won the final three sets.
Federer made sure that he was the primary focal point in the discussion of the greatest tennis players of all time with this victory. Fortunately for him—and the sport of tennis—he's nowhere near done.
Look for Federer to use the momentum from this victory to remain hot heading into the U.S. Open at the end of August.