Wimbledon 2009: Federer Wins It 16-14 In The 5th As Roddick Stumbles

Mitch DeppCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2009

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05:  Andy Roddick of USA looks despondent as Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates with the trophy during the men's singles final match on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2009 in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The picture says it all. After 4 hours plus and 77 games, Federer's date with destiny comes to fruition, Roddick's day ends in utter disappointment.

Federer wins his 15th Grand Slam title, more than any man in history and regains what Rafael Nadal gave up by not joining the Wimbledon party, the No. 1 spot! Only the great Pete Sampras has more Wimbledon titles among his 14 Grand Slam titles. Federer, firmly established as the greatest man to ever play the game of Tennis has just won his 6th Wimbledon title in seven years.

"Sorry Pete, I tried to hold him off", half jokingly Andy revealed during the post match awarding ceremonies. And tried, he did!

Roddick played the match of his life. For over four hours, He, not Federer was master of the grass. He not only played better than Federer, he played better than the old Andy Roddick we all knew who would wilt under an intense Federer stone faced stare. But, again, my man Roddick came up short for the third time.

We all feel for Andy, Sampras said so, I say so and so did the capacity crowd at Wimbledon centre court. As Federer stood to receive his 6th trophy, chants of Roddick, Roddick, Roddick filled the stadium. The British crowd's way of saying, we forgive you for beating our man the other day and that today you were our's.

Andy you played a great match, don't bow your head. You showed everybody that you are back and at the top of the tennis world again. Well, almost, but surely are in probably the best form you have ever been in in a long time. The sky is the limit, we will surely see you in the finals again, if not at Wimbledon, probably elsewhere.

It could've been a totally different story. Were they breaks of the game, bad luck or just tennis as it usually, cruelly is, but two crucial points of the match come to mind. Two parts of the match I am sure even Roddick keeps replaying in his mind. The second set tie-breaker at 6 points to 2 in favor of Roddick and 15-40, double break points against the Federer serve in the fifth set.

It would've been entirely possible if Andy got that second set tie-breaker and went up two sets to none, Roddick could easily have won in straight sets! In the final stages of the 5th set, the first to get his serve broken would lose and eventually did. At that crucial point when Federer was almost broken, 15-40, the result could've been entirely different.

It was such bad luck for Roddick to be serving behind in the 5th set and was in the position of always having to hold serve to stay in the match. In the end, under extreme pressure and a court halved by shade and sunlight, Roddick unable to keep track of the ball as Federer returned serve, Roddick mishit almost each and every ball, handing the 2009 Wimbledon title to the King of tennis King Roger.

Roddick did play out of his skin superb tennis. Roddick fought this uphill battle with flair, brilliance and toughness. Never wilting under Federer's unrelenting barrage of brilliant serves and passing shots. It took the games greatest player ever five sets, 30 games in an epic 5th set to get past Roddick.

A man passed off as an almost has been, a man no one thought capable of making it to the final. We are sure at several points in the match, in Federer's mind, flashed the awful spectre of defeat by Roddick.

How great a player Roddick was yesterday, superb no doubt, Federer still was the greater champion. Capable of staring possible defeat in the face and staying the course and eventually turning it around to gain ultimate victory.

Our congratulations to King Roger, our hats off to Andy Roddick on a great Finals at the Championships. We hope to see more of you at the big events. Good for you, good for tennis, good for us.

See you all at the US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York!