Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Roger and out, Swiss Roll Call Is a Record

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Roger and out, Swiss Roll Call Is a Record

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ROGER FEDERER is back at the summit of world tennis after regaining his Wimbledon crown to complete a sensational treble.

Yesterday's dramatic fifth set victory over Andy Roddick earned Federer his sixth Wimbledon singles title, a record 15th grand slam and earned him the No 1 ranking in men's tennis.

The win enabled him to overtake Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles. The American looked on from the royal box as his all-time tally was overtaken.

Federer, 27, prevailed following an epic battle with Roddick to create history, winning 5-7 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 16-14 in a match which featured the most games ever in a Wimbledon final (77) and the most in a set in a final (30).

Federer felt the absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal through injury should take none of the gloss off his triumph, saying: "I'm happy that I became No 1 by winning the tournament, not just by him (Nadal) not playing at all. That's not the way it's supposed to be.

"It's supposed to be that you win big matches, big tournaments. That's how you get back to it."

Federer's 15 titles have come in just 25 events and the Swiss star added: "It's staggering that I've been able to play so well for so many years and stay injury free. It's crazy that I've been able to win so many in such a short period of time.

"It was frustrating at times because I couldn't break Andy until the very, very end so the satisfaction is maybe bigger this time around to come through, because I couldn't control the match at all.

"I thought the second set was obviously key to what came after. Being down two sets to love, the way Andy was serving, would have been a very difficult situation to be in. I had to play my very very best to come through."

Federer spared a thought for the unlucky Roddick, who he has now beaten three times in Wimbledon finals, and who had to hold his serve ten times in succession during the epic final set to stay in the match. …

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