Wimbledon Tennis 2012: Analyzing Impact of Roger Federer & Serena Williams' Wins

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Wimbledon Singles Champions Serena Williams and Roger Federer attend the Wimbledon Championships 2012 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Everyone likes to see history. Both in sports and in general, humans are drawn to historical achievements like moths to a flame.

Both Wimbledon singles champions made history this year. Serena Williams claimed her fifth career Wimbledon title at age 31. Roger Federer tied Pete Sampras for the most Wimbledon titles of all-time.

It was an all-around historic event this year on Centre Court. The outcome couldn't have been better for these two competitors and the sport itself.

Let's breakdown the impact of each champions' victory.

Serena Williams

Williams still trails Martina Navratilova by four on the all-time list, and her five Wimbledon titles ties her with her older sister for the eighth-most in history.

Serena's victory was especially positive for the Williams family after Venus bowed out early from the US Open and did not compete in Wimbledon singles. Venus was recently diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, an auto-immune disease causes fatigue, dry eyes, dry mouth and various other physical symptoms.

Venus did compete alongside Serena as the two took the doubles championship.

Casual tennis fans want to see something "special" happen. Serena's victory was special on many levels.

Roger Federer

Federer's seventh Wimbledon title ties him with Sampras for Wimbledon's all-time mark. It came at a time when most people had written Federer off. He's 30 years old, and he hasn't looked nearly as strong lately.

Federer looked shaky after nearly suffering an upset at the hands of Julien Benneteau in the third round, but he bounced back and beat Xavier Malisse and Novak Djokovic handily. His final victory over Andy Murray was hard-fought, but he was still obviously the better player.

Federer proved naysayers wrong in this tournament and made history at the same time. He returned to prominence at a time when most people thought he couldn't, and he reclaimed the world's No. 1 ranking again while he was at it.

Watching the world's most talented player reclaim his rightful position late in his career is always special. This, along with the Olympics and the US Open, may be Federer's last great gasp, but at least we got to see him win one last tournament in London.

Wimbledon's championships were won by two legendary players. Their victories create momentum for the sport entering the Olympics and the US Open in late August.


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