The Wimbledon 2009 finals will go down as one of best tennis match I’ve ever seen and here are a couple of facts which I find interesting.
1. It was a really close match which seems like it would never end with a final result of 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14— the longest match and longest fifth set in Grand Slam final history in terms of games.
2. The match could have gone either way. If only Andy Roddick had capitalized on his 6-2 lead during the second set tiebreak, he would have a very good chance of winning the tournament judging by the way that he was playing that day. Andy held all his serves for the entire game and only miss one which made Roger earned his 15th grand slam title.
3. It’s their third meeting in a Wimbledon finals and it’s the closest Andy came to winning Roger in Wimbledon. Andy might have played his best tennis I’ve seen so far and has really improved in his volleys, net play and backhand.
4. Both players were serving huge first serves with Roger making 50 aces and Roddick 27 aces. Roger was sort of getting accustomed to Andy’s serve during the 5th set and returning serves more cosistently. Comparitively, Roger kept on serving huge and Andy didn’t quite read where the serves were gonna drop during the 5th set.
5. Being a Roger fan all this while, I switched my stance and wanted Andy to win this finals. It would have been great to see an ex-world number 1 working hard, flying under the radar and fighting as hard as he can to win against someone who has a record of 18-2 against him (now 19-2 after wimbledon 2009) to win the game. Seeing Roger lifting the cup each time seems a little bit boring nowadays and hopefully someone (hopefully Roddick) from the top 10 can bring him down in US Open 2009.
6. Roger is back to Number 1 in world rankings! 15th grand slams title and a couple of other records and achievements. Rafa fans must be really pissed 🙂
If you’ve watched it, you must know how it feels like. It was simply an unforgettable match.