Federer Captures 15th Slam

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2009

Let's be honest about the Wimbledon final. Roger Federer was the heavy favorite, while American Andy Roddick was a feel-good story, but had no chance of even keeping it close.

Well, were we ever wrong. The match, which might go down as a better final than last year's final with Rafa Nadal and Federer, lasted four hours, 16 minutes and was action-packed every serve. This time, there were no rain delays, making the TV viewers sit on the edge of their seats for the duration.

You hated to see the match end, because both competitors were deserving of the title. But for Federer, No. 15 was in the works, and it only took one break of Roddick's serve to take home the record-setting slam.

Federer defeated Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 and the only time Roddick's serve was broken was the 30th game, which was the final of the match.

"I'm happy I broke the record here because this is always the tournament that meant the most to me," Federer said. "It definitely feels like coming full circle, starting it here and ending it here."

Roddick, ranked No. 6 in the world, came out of the gates storming, and took the first set 7-5 to set the tone, and shock the world (or at least the non-Roddick believers).

Federer struggled to figure out the American's service games, falling in each of the next two sets, but lucky for Fed, his service games were incredible.

It went to a tie-break in the second, with Roddick up 6-2 and could have conceivably closed the door, but two miscues on his serve allowed Federer to rack up six straight points to take it 8-6.

It was the same situation in the third, but Federer got the lead early in the tie-break and took it 7-5.

Roddick broke Federer's serve the second time of the match in the fourth set, and continued his dominance on serve, taking the set 6-3.

Remember last year's fifth set between Nadal and Federer? Well, Federer fell, but this time not only would they take it to the next level, but the new No. 1 in the world, Federer, found himself on the opposite side.

The final set lasted 75 minutes and two unforced errors by Roddick in the 30th game gave Fed his sixth Wimby title and record 15th-career slam, surpassing American legend Pete Sampras all-time.

Also to note, Roger had 50 aces during the match, one off the all-time Wimbledon record set by Ivo Karlovic and had 107 winners. Roddick added 27 aces and 74 winners, but his 33 unforced miscues may have led to defeat.

Roddick is now 0-3 all-time in Wimbledon finals, but the American is back and back with a force. If it were not Federer, Roddick would have surely held the title high in London on Sunday afternoon and be bringing it back to the United States.

This may have been the best tennis anyone has ever seen, and it will be hard-pressed to find anyone, regardless of who they were rooting for, who was disappointed with the display they saw at Breakfast at Wimbledon.