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It is not often that an athlete can proclaim that one of his or her greatest moments was in defeat.
The guts and determination that Roddick showed in a heart-wrenching loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final in 2009 earned him more respect than most of his wins.
Roddick won the first set and then took a 6-2 lead in the second set tiebreak. However, he was unable to convert any of his four set points.
This is the moment that most point to as the turning point of the match.
Federer won the final six points of the second set to even the match. He then won the third set 7-5 in another tiebreak. However, Roddick captured the fourth set to set up an epic fifth.
Of course, Roddick eventually lost the match despite being broken only in the match's final game.
Federer’s victory earned him his sixth Wimbledon title and 15th Grand Slam to break Pete Sampras’ record. It was also Roddick’s fourth loss to Federer in a Grand Slam final. Federer finally broke Roddick in the 30th game of the final set to win.