Archive for July 6th, 2009

Men’s final

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Well, in spite of all the good wishes and cheering and willing him on, Andy Murray was beaten by Andy Roddick in the semi-finals at Wimbledon. He played brilliantly throughout the Championships, and as he’s only 22 he has plenty of years left to win and become the first British Champion for more than 70 years.

So the final was between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer. I had to go out in the afternoon, so wasn’t able to watch the match live. I got home at ten to six and turned on the TV to see who’d won and try and find a replay of the highlights. On to the screen came the two players, and I realised that the match was still in progress!

After nearly 4 hours they were absolutely even! They had 2 sets each, and 10 games each in the fifth and final set. I watched the rest of the match in awe. The quality of the tennis was stunning! Each man holding his serve, Federer winning his and going one game ahead, then Roddick winning his and making the score even again. What amazing play it was!

Eventually when they reached 14 games each, Roddick seemed to falter and look tired, which isn’t surprising after all that time. Federer broke his serve when the score had been 15-14 and because he had served first, he had the advatage of needing only one break of serve to go two games ahead and win.

And so Federer became Wimbledon Men’s Champion for the 6th time, and he also broke Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam wins. He put on a jacket with a gold 15 discreetley appliqued on the waistband! Pete Sampras had flown in for the match, and said he didn’t mind losing his 7 year old record. Borg and Nastase were also among the previous Champions present, as well of course as John McEnroe who had been doing a great job in the commentary box.

I’m so glad that great tennis is back, and I’m looking forward to next year’s Wimbledon.

Come on Murray!!