Tell me you can’t read that sentence and not immediately think of some of the most entertaining and special matches you have ever seen.
Sure, Rafael Nadal absolutely owns the French Open and holds a special place in history in regards to the records he has set there. However, he will never be able to match what “Federer at Wimbledon” means to tennis enthusiasts.
A baby faced 19-year-old Federer shows up for his first ever match on Wimbledon Centre Court and beats his childhood rival Pete Sampras 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5.
Fed beats Rafael Nadal in the final 7–6(7), 4–6, 7–6(3), 2–6, 6–2, but it is becoming clear that the rivalry is about to get really good.
In what many believe to be the best match ever, Federer falls to his rival Nadal 4–6, 4–6, 7–6(5), 7–6(8), 7–9. The match had everything. A champion fighting back after being on the ropes, epic tie breaks, out of this world shot making, and even darkness. Best match I have ever witnessed by a long shot.
After being proclaimed “done” by many tennis analysts, Fed comes back to his hallowed ground and manages to win yet another epic final against his one time rival Andy Roddick 5–7, 7–6(6), 7–6(5), 3–6, 16–14. Federer somehow summons a career high 50 aces to win him the longest 5th set in Grand Slam Final history.
After a 2 year hiatus from the Wimbledon final, Federer comes back yet again to beat hometown favorite Andy Murray 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4. This is Federer’s 7th Wimbledon Title and we are all forced to believe, once again, that Fed is not ready to go quietly into the night and he’ll let us know when he is.
Which brings us to this coming Wimbledon. Does the 31-year-old Federer have one more special run in him?
Well, let’s hope for our sake he does. After all, nothing in the history of tennis has been more consistently entertaining than Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
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