Say what you want to about Roger Federer, he’s cemented his place among the all-time great men’s tennis players on Sunday at Wimbledon. At the venerable All England Club, Federer channeled his favorite player, grass court legend Pete Sampras, and in the process, tied Sampras for most Wimbledon wins all-time. Roger Federer bested Andy Murray three sets to one (4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4) to win his 7th Wimbledon and 17th major championship. In the process, Federer regained the World #1 ranking from rival Novak Djokovic.
”It has worked out so many times over the years here at Wimbledon that I play my best in the semis and the finals . I couldn’t be more happy. It feels great being back here as the winner,” gushed Federer after besting Scotland’s Andy Murray, himself the first British finalist in Wimbledon in 76 years. ”It’s amazing. It equals me with Pete Sampras, who’s my hero. It just feels amazing.”
In the process, Federer became the oldest man to win Wimbledon since Arthur Ashe. He’s also won the most Major matches of all time, has appeared in a record 24 Grand Slam championship matches, has won a staggering 51 hard court titles (most all time), has won 12 grass court tournament titles (most all time), he has appeared in a Grand Slam final at least once for the last 10 years (another record), and is the only player to win in all five tournament types (Grand Slam, ATP World Tour Finals, Masters 1000, World Tour 500, & World Tour 250)–which he did four times! Federer is also one of four players to win a Junior’s and Senior’s Wimbledon Championship.
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