On paper Wimbledon ’09 appears to have run a fairly predictable course; Federer claimed the men’s title while the Williams sisters breezed theirway to the final with Serena coming out on top. Along the way however there were some incredible matches and stories.
The major talking point of the competition is undoubtedly Federer’s 15th Grand Slam success taking him above the record set by Pete Sampras and cementing his status as the greatest player of all time. At 29 and still looking in peek physical condition the Swiss looks certain to strecth his tally further before calling it a day. The manner of his final victory over long time rival Andy Roddick was fitting for such a momentous achievement.
After the Nadal/Federer epic twelve months ago I was sure I wouldn’t see a game as good again but this clash came close. It took 4 hours and 17 minutes to settle a contest which went as far as the 30th game in the fifth set. After a thrilling encounter dominated by the serving power of both players your heart went out to Roddick who was gracious as ever in defeat. It was the bitterest pill for the American to swallow having suffered the same fate against Federer in 2004 and 2005.
Andy Murray’s campaign was captivating as he carried the hopes of Britain and had huge support at every match. He was involved in the first men’s match under the new roof which proved to be a cracker. The Scot just about edged out Swiss powerhouse Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. He then cruised to the semi-final where he came undone against the awesome serving ability of Roddick who had endured a five set epic against Lleyton Hewitt in the quarter finals.
31-year old German Tommy Haas reached the semi-final for the first time in his career causing an upset by beating Djokovic in the quarter finals but the German couldn’t hold off Federerwho had a date with destiny. The women’s was less compelling as a Venus vs. Serena final was on the cards from the outset but the exit of Maria Sharapova was an early talking point. The Russian lost out in the second round to the Argentine Gisela Dulko.
With 15 Grand Slams under his belt and plenty more tennis left in him it remains to be seen what kind of legacy Roger Federer is going to leave on the sport. One thing’s for sure, as long as he’s still involved he’ll continue to be a contender at The All England Club.