Wimbledon 2009 Finals: Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick


Wimbledon 2009 Finals

Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer will attempt to write a new chapter in history when he faces American Andy Roddick in the 2009 Wimbledon Championships later this afternoon.

A victory over Roddick in the SW19 final would give the 27-year-old his 15th Grand Slam title, breaking a tie with Pete Sampras for the most in history. Sampras, who won seven Wimbledon championships before retiring in 2002, is expected to be on hand. He has been invited to sit in the royal box for today’s final, along with former Wimbledon champions Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver.

A win would also give Federer his sixth Wimbledon trophy and a return to No. 1 in the ATP rankings, a spot he surrendered to Rafael Nadal 6 weeks after losing to the Spaniard in last year’s epic battle at the All England Club.

In this match, Federer is favored to beat Roddick. The 26-year-old Nebraskan has tried just about everything in his 20 matches against Federer, and just won twice. But the 2009 edition of Andy, though, is no longer a big-serving, one-trick pony. He has grown stronger, and he has matured mentally as well.

Prediction: Expect an upset. However, Andy needs to rely on his world-record serve to take the Wimbledon title from a player who many rank as the best ever.

The match starts at 14:00 London (09:00 ET).

UPDATE: Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 to win a sixth Wimbledon title and claim a record 15th grand slam crown in an epic final.

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