The dream is complete. We did it Fedfans. He did it. This is for the fans who stayed loyal during the last couple of years. It has been a rough road, but the loyal ones hung in there and reaped the rewards. This is for you. I’m proud of Roger and I’m proud of you. What a triumphant day this is. It may be the best day I have ever had as a Fedfan. There have been so many ups and downs in the last two years or so and I wondered at times whether the light at the end of the tunnel was not a freight train coming our way. But it was the light of glory and triumph. Of completeness. Of peRFection.
I’m so glad I got to watch this match. I have had a setback here in the US and as usual Roger is there to inspire me and give me hope. For Roger, it has always been a quest for perfection, and this win pretty much achieves that goal. It all came together. There was an immense amount at stake here. Winning this one match made him tie Sampras with the most Wimbledon titles in history, tied him with Sampras for the most weeks spent at #1, and gave him an incredible 17 slam titles. It feels like 17 is the magic number, although I’m sure Roger will add at least one more slam to that. Probably at this year’s US Open.
When Roger won Wimbledon in 2009 I thought that feeling could not be topped. He had completed the career slam at the French Open that year too, which was very special as well. Then to break the slam record at Wimbledon was just peRFect. But this win may just top both those wins. Especially after the struggles of the last two years. This final had it all. There was Murray in the final who was the big British hope. The atmosphere was electric. The tennis was of a very high quality. The ending was very emotional. This was the best Wimbledon ever as far as I’m concerned. It had everything. It was meant to be.
With everything that was at stake it was no surprise that Roger started out nervously. He dropped serve in the opening game. I could sense how worried Fedfans were, but I thought it was normal to be nervous on such a big day. Roger then broke back but got broken again at 5-4 to lose the first set. Tense times. Murray looked to be up for this challenge. The second set was tense because Roger could not afford to lose it. Murray had several break points at 2-2 and 4-4, which made it even more tense. But Roger hung in there and at 6-5 JesusFed showed up to break Murray even things up at a set all.
Then at 1-1 and 40-0 on Roger’s serve it started raining and the players had to leave the court so that the roof could be closed. It was both a good and bad thing for Roger. He was starting to gain some serious momentum and the rain gave Murray a chance to talk to his coach and regroup. On the other hand, Roger loves indoor conditions and that helped him in the third and fourth sets. Annacone may have told him to play more attacking in the break because he started going after the Murray second serve and attacked the net. The fact that he didn’t have to deal with the elements helped his serve as well.
At 3-2 in the third set, there was a very long game where Roger had six break points I think. He finally got the all important break which made him the heavy favorite to win the match. He held on and won the third set 6-3. He was now firmly in control of the match, although Murray was not just gonna give up. I don’t remember when Roger got the break in the fourth set, but I do remember him hitting a genius crosscourt backhand pass which got him the break. I also remember him making some genius drop volleys on the backhand. It was that X factor which once again proved to be too much for the opponent.
It was a masterful performance on the biggest occasion on the biggest stage. Because that is what champions do. Murray played probably his best match ever, but Roger was just better. In the post match interview, things got very emotional. Murray was really struggling to make a speech. He started crying but pushed through. As much as I dislike Murray I felt for him and got teary eyed myself. You have to feel for a guy who gave it his all and lost in his fourth slam final. If you don’t then you are heartless because no one dislikes Murray more than me. I now want him to win a slam.
By crying he showed how much he cared and how frustrated he is with his inability to break through at slam level. I mean he really is trying hard and he is good enough to win a slam. It’s just that he is playing in an era with the best top three players in history. I used to always say Murray will never win a slam, but I now hope he does. And I think he can with a little bit of luck. I just loved that post match ceremony because there was so much emotion involved. Roger was classy as always saying he hoped that Murray wins a slam. The twins were there as well. I mean Roger really has it all. It was just peRFect.
Sampras now only holds one more important record, which is the six year-end #1’s. Roger has equalled the amount of weeks at #1 with this win and will surpass it as well. I think he really wants to hold on to #1 after everything he had to go through to regain it. I think he will end the year number one and equal Sampras’ last record. For me he is the favorite for the US Open now. And I would love for him to win a record 6th title there. He is now equalled with Agassi for most Australian Open wins and with Sampras for most Wimbledon wins. I would love for him to have the record for himself at one of the slams.
No one has won more than five US Opens and I believe Roger will do it this year. He has always loved playing there and got a bit unlucky in the last three years. It seems impossible that there is more for Roger to achieve now but until the end of the year he can achieve three more important goals. He can win the Olympic gold in singles, win a record 6th US Open, and equal Sampras’ record for most year-end #1’s. There is always more to achieve. But of course for Roger it’s not all about the records. It’s mostly about the love of the game for him. He will therefore keep playing as long as he can.
He is so healthy and fit that he can play into his mid-thirties. With Roger there is a feeling of limitlessness. You just don’t know how much more he can achieve. Today he once again proved the doubters wrong, as he has done on countless occasions. Why people still doubt him is beyond me. But let them keep doing it. It makes the victories all the sweeter. I think Roger can now rightfully be called the GOAT. He is just shattering every record out there and making his own ones. He is playing in a very tough era and still winning slams and is world #1 again. It’s hard to compare eras, but I don’t think there is much doubt anymore.
And the journey is far from over…