Federer makes history with 15th Grand Slam titleBy DPA, IANS
Sunday, July 5, 2009
LONDON - Roger Federer made tennis history Sunday, winning his sixth Wimbledon title in seven years to claim an all-time best 15th Grand Slam trophy 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 16-14 over American Andy Roddick.
The Swiss, only man to appear in seven consecutive Wimbledon finals, re-wrote the records in front of tennis royalty - Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras, the seven-time All England club champion with whom he shared 14 Grand Slam honours.
Federer’s victory was his 60th career trophy and third Wimbledon finals victory over Roddick, whom he also beat in 2004 and 2005. The Swiss has defeated the American in 19 of 21 meetings.
Federer will take back the number one ranking he lost last summer to Rafael Nadal, regaining the position he held for a record 237 weeks.
The Swiss was appearing in his sixth consecutive Grand Slam final dating to Roland Garros last year.