Roger Federer and Williams Sisters Dominate the Last Decade at Wimbledon

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Roger Federer and Williams Sisters Dominate the Last Decade at Wimbledon

In the first decade of the 21st Century the sport of tennis saw rapid improvements in three areas: racket technology, the preparation and conditioning of players, and the style of play on the courts of Wimbledon.

As the courts slowed, players began to find success on the baseline, staying back and dictating play.

Serve and volley in its traditional form began to fade in effectiveness. No longer were the middle of courts torn up as players planted themselves far into the court. Now the baselines, the back of the courts became chewed and bare as the tournament progressed.

Roger Federer, who won his first championship in 2003, found himself in the last seven championship matches of the decade, winning six of them. The Williams sisters found themselves in eight finals, winning all eight.

Federer, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams simply dominated play on Centre Court during the last decade.

Take a detailed look at the Wimbledon finals of this first decade of the 21st Century, year by year.

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