Roger Federer won his fifth straight Wimbledon Championship yesterday, tying Bjorn Borg for the most consecutive titles at the All England Club. Despite going to 5-sets for the first time in any Grand Slam final, Federer was able to defeat his current rival Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2. The 3 hour and 45 minute match was one for the ages, but in the end Federer was too much for Nadal, who still has a winning record against the #1 player in the world.
“Pete Sampras is maybe the greatest player we ever had. So to come out and break his record, it’s not the easiest thing, I know that. I don’t know how much longer I can keep it up, but I definitely feel like I’m mentally and physically still fit to go on for many more years to come.”
Federer looked uneasy for much of the match, especially in the fourth set, which he lost 2-6 after getting broken by Nadal twice. However, towards the end of the sixth game of the set, Nadal appeared to have some sort of knee injury. He was checked by a trainer during the next changeover and was clearly not the same afterwards. Federer was able to start moving the French Open champion too much for his knee to handle and eventually came out the victor.
After he completed the victory, Federer collapsed to the ground in “jubilation,” though he still does not ever seem to really care for his victories. Sure he is proud of his accomplishments, but his robot-like demeanor is almost an embarrassment to the game. The 11-time Grand Slam Champion, now three away from tying Pete Sampras for the most wins ever, donned a sweater-vest, long pants and a blazer following his victory. It was one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen at Wimbledon and am almost ashamed that he did it.