It won’t be the Murray – Federer final that was expected, it’ll be Roddick against Roger Federer on Sunday for the 2009 Wimbledon title. For Federer, a five time Wimbledon champion, it’ll be his seventh consecutive appearance in the Wimbledon final, with the last one last year ending in a five set thriller loss to Rafael Nadal. For Roddick it’ll be his third Wimbledon final, after he lost in 2004 and 2005 to Roger Federer.
Roger Federer took the court first in his match against the clear underdog Tommy Haas. There were no breaks in the first set, but Federer took it, winning 7-3 in the tie break. There were no breaks in the second set either, and Federer won again, 7-5. The third set was much easier for the Swiss, winning it 6-3, on his way to his 20th grand slam final, an all time record (Ivan Lendl is second with 19). He will be going for his 15th grand slam title, also an all time record. (He is currently tied at first with Pete Sampras, both with 14).
Roddick didn’t have it easy, as he was a slight underdog in his match against the local hope for a British Grand Slam winner for the first time since 1936, Andy Murray. Although Murray was better on the stats sheet, Roddick came up big in all the important points. Roddick won the game in four sets, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. Roddick was able to save a break point in the fourth set with Murray leading 4-3, and had his serve carry him through into the tiebreak and on to the win, as Murray sent a backhand shot into the net and Roddick to his knees, overwhelmed with joy. It will be Roddick’s fifth grand slam final, with his only win coming in 2003 in the US Open. It will be his fourth grand slam final against Federer, and he will try to beat him in a GS final for the first time.
Roddick will be a huge underdog come Sunday considering his record against Federer, but as Murray said, with Roddick serving the way he is (recorded the fastest serve of the tournament against Murray, 143 mph/229 kmh), he can beat anyone. Him winning only two times in the twenty he and Federer have met might suggest otherwise. The British fans? Will have to wait another year and hope Andy Murray will make it a step further, and look better than he did today, especially on the points when it mattered the most.