SW19 could have had an American men's champion for the first time since Pete Sampras, who won it in 2000. Roger Federer held his nerve in a gruelling 4hr battle at Centre court on Sunday. Andy Roddick, who had lost to Federer on 2 other wimbledon finals (2004,2005) was determined to rewrite history. But Federer brought out his best service game,slamming 50 aces, to see off the final set in an epic 16-14!!
It was 6pm (here in India). Having watched a dull women's finals the other day, I was looking forward to watch the most awaited men's finals at wimbledon. It was Fed-Ex's shot at his 15th grand slam of his career, a record. I ran into the live coverage of the William's finals by accident switching across channels on my TV. I was eagerly looking forward to the Rod-FedEx showdown as I tuned in to DD. I was shocked to see India-WI coverage going on. But rain gods favored the channel to switch to the finals.
What a game it turned out to be. Rod, who didn't lose his serve throughout the match slipped at the worst possible occassion by losing the most crucial game of the match. FedEx had created history by breaking his opponent's serve. The presentation ceremony had Rod apologising to Sampras for losing the match. But a lot of people will agree with me when I say that the game was there for Rod to win.