Roger Federer Versus Andy Roddick Wimbledon Final Live Thread
Tennis, Andy Roddick

Will Federer Pass Sampras? Will Roddick's Wife Get More Face Time? [Wimbledon Live Thread]

7/5/09 in Tennis   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

When Andy Roddick won the US Open in 2002, I think we all thought he'd wind up winning a few more Grand Slams after that. Armed with that 150+ mph serve, Roddick seemed like he was capable of snagging about 4 or 5 in his career on hard courts and grass. 

But then Roger Federer became Roger Federer, and Roddick hasn't won a Grand Slam since. And multiple times, it's been Federer who's prevented him from getting there. In fact, if it weren't for Federer, Roddick probably would have 4 or 5 career Grand Slams by now.

Of course, it works both ways. If Federer didn't have Nadal to deal with, he'd probably have 18 Grand Slams.

But anyway, the point is the window in tennis where most players have a chance to win Grand Slams is often quite small - even for very good players. It was getting to the point where I thought Roddick's window had closed, but then here he is.

Only problem is that he has no chance of beating Federer. None.

Roddick has beaten Federer only twice in his career, and both those wins came in tournaments that were best of three sets. And here's a stunning stat for you: Roddick is 2-18 all time versus Federer. He's also lost twice in the Wimbledon final to Federer. 

There's just too much going on here for Roddick to win. Federer isn't going to choke when he's one win away from passing Sampras. And Roddick is definitely going to be thinking about that 2-18 record in the back of his mind.

Basically, it'll take Roddick playing better than he's ever played before and Federer playing poorly for Roddick to hoist the winner's trophy. Problem is, Federer never plays poorly.

Let's just hope it's a reasonably exciting match, even though it'll never top last year's epic Federer/Nadal showdown. And even though Roddick will lose, he clearly won the hot wife contest.

Feel free to chat up the match here.
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7/5/09   |   ktbug1215

rajesh05valiya wrote:
fedrer playing cooool so, he wil b a winner...

 nice pic

7/5/09   |   ktbug1215

DarkChild wrote:
 someone should just be a gentleman and let go

 i don't think so!

7/5/09   |   ktbug1215

DarkChild wrote:
 at last. game over. go fed

 i wanted andy to win!!!!!!

7/5/09   |   ktbug1215

THE_Smoot wrote:
I'm not shocked that A-Rod is still in this.

 i am not shocked! i new he was gonna be in this!!!!!

7/5/09   |   soladeabiodun

Adding comment...federer won his 6th winbledon title yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

7/5/09   |   sportsgnork   |   44 respect

Federer has lost a final of a Grand Slam 5 times to one person, Nadal.  Roddick's frustration and anguish are warranted and deserved.  He threw everything at Federer.  Andy played with more fire and composure than I have ever seen him play with.  I have found a new respect for him.  I will never question his heart, his desire or fight ever again.  His only fault was having to face Federer in Wimbledon with the record on the line.  Federer played unreal as well, he had to.  51 aces!  Face it, if he does not play like that, Andy blows him away.  

7/5/09   |   Basavesh

Jengirrl wrote:
Roddick's only bad side to this is with serving second, if he's broken, it ends the match!!  (11 holds in a row so far!!)  Best tennis match I've ever seen!!

and probably he was on the wrong side of the court at the wrong time.

7/5/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

*Puts on sad face.*

There'll be a new #1 in the rankings.

7/5/09   |   Jengirrl   |   6930 respect

Jengirrl wrote:
Roddick's only bad side to this is with serving second, if he's broken, it ends the match!!  (11 holds in a row so far!!)  Best tennis match I've ever seen!!

FINALLY!!  Roger wins it at 16-14!!

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 at last. game over. go fed

7/5/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Gotta give it to Roddick, he played as good as one can.  Unfortunately he was facing probably the best EVAR.

7/5/09   |   Basavesh

Fedex Made it.

7/5/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Here it is...Federer ends it here

7/5/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

I suddenly have the urge to pull out my N64 to play Mario Tennis.

7/5/09   |   dukepirates252

this game is EPIC

7/5/09   |   Jengirrl   |   6930 respect

Roddick's only bad side to this is with serving second, if he's broken, it ends the match!!  (11 holds in a row so far!!)  Best tennis match I've ever seen!!

7/5/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Roddick has no chance when Federer serves

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 someone should just be a gentleman and let go

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

  • 13-12 im jumpy like a junkie  

7/5/09   |   crypt44

(Edited by crypt44)

 Eventually one of these guys' arms is going to fall off, right?

7/5/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

At this point, the server is winning every play it seems

7/5/09   |   Jengirrl   |   6930 respect

MrNFL wrote:
Just turned it on, didn't know a game could be 10-10

There's a roof now; this could go on QUITE a while longer yet!!  Awesome tennis by BOTH sides!!

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 12-11. av never seen this

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat i cant live like this

7/5/09   |   djclemson   |   4 respect

11 - 11 in the 5th, and I have to leave, ahhh!  Hope I come home to a Roddick win.

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 what's dat thundering sound---ah! i get it............ my heart

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 11-10 federer

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 10-10. pls goddess of  tennis, put a stop to this madness

7/5/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Just turned it on, didn't know a game could be 10-10

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 but the pressure and tension is not doing justice to my health. im too young to experience high blood pressure

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 10-9. i wont give up on federer. i understand his tension cos he will write history but then, kudos to roddick too

7/5/09   |   Jengirrl   |   6930 respect

Settle down, Andy!!  You've come too far to let it go now!!

7/5/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

I actually think that Roddick will win. He has shown that he has the ability to break Roger's serve, but so far, Federer hasn't been able to break Roddick's. It's only a matter of time.

But I still wouldn't be surprised if Federer pulls it out. He's arguably the best player ever, and he's no stranger to these high-pressure situations.

7/5/09   |   Jengirrl   |   6930 respect

crypt44 wrote:
 There isn't a tie breaker in the 5th set at Wimbledon.

9-9 tie in the 5th; on serve...with the roof now, darkness won't end it....it's whoever blinks first,(as you said in an earlier post!!) =)

7/5/09   |   DLNKUMAR   |   3 respect

Though it looks like 50-50 chances, I like this match should go in favor of Federer.

7/5/09   |   crypt44

 BREAK POINT!

7/5/09   |   rajesh05valiya

fedrer playing cooool so, he wil b a winner...

7/5/09   |   Terry   |   25 respect

donm454 wrote:
Why did the 2nd and 3rd end 7-6, but this one is continuing?

the 2nd and 3rd went to a tiebreaker, in the last set at wimbledon it cant end in a tiebreaker, the winner must win it by 2 games.

roddicks no stranger to long 5th sets, in the 2003 Australian open quarterfinal he won the 5th set 21-19

7/5/09   |   crypt44

donm454 wrote:
Why did the 2nd and 3rd end 7-6, but this one is continuing?

 There isn't a tie breaker in the 5th set at Wimbledon.

7/5/09   |   donm454   |   20 respect

Why did the 2nd and 3rd end 7-6, but this one is continuing?

7/5/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Roddick's serve is keeping him in it... I'd love to see him try a little harder when Roger's serving. He knows he has to win one of those, right? Sometimes it seems like he's not really trying, and just waiting to get the serve back.

7/5/09   |   crypt44

Whoever breaks first, wins.

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 scary scary movie. i only feel this great fear when arsenal is playing

7/5/09   |   crypt44

Come on Andy! Let's pull out this upset!

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 6-5, make it 7-5 federer

7/5/09   |   DarkChild

 federer pleeeeeeeeeeeease hold on pls

7/5/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

One more set. Go Roddick.

7/5/09   |   soladeabiodun

i wish federer luck

7/5/09   |   hskrdave   |   10494 respect

 Roddick has normally played well against Federer, just never closed the deal.

7/5/09   |   kkowshal

i wish roddick a sucess

7/5/09   |   Terry   |   25 respect

im not shocked either, i'm surprised people think he has no shot whatsoever. roddicks changed his game to be more complete, and hes playing some of the best tennis of his career this year. in his career he's also struggled against murray and was able to overcome the home crowd murray had to win. in other years i think roddick loses (again) to federer, but i think he can pull it out today

7/5/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

I'm not shocked that A-Rod is still in this.

7/5/09   |   kambatuku1   |   3 respect

As a Nadal fan and someone who always root for teh underdog, I say go Andy, give it your all

7/5/09   |   leehower   |   5 respect

 Good luck Andy, give 'em hell...

7/5/09   |   snehastarz

yay federer wins d next set !! go freddie!!!! 

7/5/09   |   djclemson   |   4 respect

YES! First set to Roddick!

7/5/09   |   suresht971

fedex going to break the record

7/5/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Federer vs.Roddick. I smell record breaker. Do you?

7/5/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

I wish Roddick luck, it's tough being Clyde Drexler, Phil Mickelson or Joe Frazier, the very good athlete whose best years coincide with the peak of a true superstar.  However as was noted the one trophy Roddick will clearly be hoisting is the Trophy Wife!