Wimbledon 2009

Wimbledon 2009

No sleep for Federer as Wimbledon champion relives making history

ROGER Federer displayed his incredible stamina on Sunday to defeat Andy Roddick in a Wimbledon final which lasted more than four and a quarter hours – and he had to display it all over again yesterday in order to fulfil a round of engagements after only two hours' sleep.

Roddick blow

WIMBLEDON runner-up Andy Roddick has withdrawn from the USA team to face Croatia in the Davis Cup quarter-finals this weekend.

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Roddick in no mood for jokes after most draining and devastating of defeats

ANDY Roddick can be a witty and engaging figure when in the right mood, but after losing in five sets to Roger Federer yesterday he was understandably drained and not in the mood to chatter on light-heartedly.

Historic victory sealed with a fitting mixture of inspiration and perspiration

THE making of history is not supposed to be easy. But no-one could have imagined the sweat, the energy, the sheer determination Roger Federer had to exude to defeat Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 to claim his 15th grand slam.

Sampras hails champion as the best ever after Swiss breaks his Grand Slam record

PETE Sampras last night hailed Roger Federer as the greatest player ever after the Swiss star won a record 15th Grand Slam title.

Federer holds his nerve to survive marathon tussle

IT LACKED the aesthetic niceties of last year's contest between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but the 2009 Wimbledon final was no less memorable for that.

Federer proves himself to be greatest tennis player of all

ROGER Federer is back at world No1 after winning his sixth Wimbledon title yesterday, and nothing could be more fitting. By taking his 15th grand slam title yesterday, the Swiss player showed himself to be not only the best exponent of tennis on the planet at present, but also surely to be the greatest player ever.

Newly crowned SW19 queen sets her sights on equalling record of King

NEW Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is already thinking about winning her 12th Grand Slam singles title to draw level with her idol Billie Jean King.

Stars flock to Wimbledon final – but not go-kart Murray

DEFEATED UK No1 Andy Murray went go-karting as the Wimbledon final kicked off yesterday – while he denounced "lies" in media reports that he smashed his rackets in defeat.

Federer wins epic Wimbledon final

ROGER FEDERER survived another epic final to win his sixth Wimbledon and record 15th grand slam title against a gallant Andy Roddick today.

Murray: I gave my all

Andy Murray feels he gave Wimbledon his "best shot" this year but has vowed to improve on his return in 2010.

An irresistible double act

SERENA Williams was last night celebrating her second Wimbledon title of the day after she and sister Venus won the women's doubles. The pair teamed up after earlier contesting the singles final, where Venus relinquished her champion status to her younger sister.

Serena shows sister who's boss

SERENA WILLIAMS walked into the post-match press conference in a T-shirt that rammed home her accomplishments as well as her playfulness. Across the chest was emblazoned the question 'Are you looking at my titles?'

Wimbledon diary: Fingers crossed that Baby Fed could be born to be a Brit

WIMBLEDON may not be the same without Andy Murray but there is still hope on the horizon. Not only will Braveheart be back again next year but we may just get a new Davis Cup player out of today's final.

Holder of three grand slams makes mockery of rankings

RICHARD Williams had gone home to mow the lawn. He usually does when his daughters are involved in a grand slam final so by this stage his back garden must look like a bowling green. Between them, Venus and Serena Williams have now won 18 major titles, Serena adding to the list yesterday by crushing Venus 7-6, 6-2 to win her third Wimbledon crown.

Casting the net wider

ANDY Murray's popularity is helping tennis shed its elitist image, but the game still has a long way to go if it is to become a sport for all Scots, reports Paul Forsyth

Hope fading of another finalist from Germany

GERMAN tennis had to wait the best part of half a century before they had another man to compete in the latter stages of Wimbledon. Although Wilhem P Bungert made the final in 1967 – losing to John Newcombe – there was a paucity of grass court stars until Boris Becker, below, burst on to the scene in 1985.

Federer on brink of being greatest ever

FOR most of the Championship he has been little more than the Centre Court warm-up act, the man who offered a masterclass before Andy Murray stepped into the spotlight. But now Murray is gone the focus is again on Roger Federer as he takes on Andy Roddick in this afternoon's final. The five-time Wimbledon champion is looking for his sixth to take the haul of grand slam titles to 15 and move clear of Pete Sampras.

Roddick restoration project

FOUR years ago, Andy Roddick had no idea how he was ever going to beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon; one year ago he was uncertain that he would ever be able to beat anyone of note at any grand slam tournament ever again. And yet here Roddick is today, striding out to meet Federer for the 21st time in his career with the biggest prize in tennis at stake.

Game, set and Nazis

YOU'LL REMEMBER that Fred Perry was the last Brit to win Wimbledon and there's nothing Andy Murray can do to change that now, not for another year at any rate. If you've been keeping up with the constant references you'll also know that it was in the championships of 1936 that Perry won his third and last Wimbledon, when he did his opponent not so much in straight sets but in cold blood, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.

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