7 Jul 2009

Federer vows to keep re-writing tennis history

7:44 am on 7 July 2009

Roger Federer had vowed to continue rewriting tennis history, but admits he feels he still shares Pete Sampras's grand slam record rather than having eclipsed his American friend.

Federer clinched a sixth Wimbledon title after an epic four and a quarter hour 5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14 win over Andy Roddick.

The win also gave him a record 15th Grand Slam, surpassing Sampras's mark that he had equalled at the French Open in June.

Federer is still only 27, wheras Sampras was 31 when he won the last of his 14 grand slams at the 2002 US Open.

Federer says this year's final was very different to the past three against Rafael Nadal which have been baseline efforts whereas the match against Roddick was a serve and volley game which is much more suited to grass.

The win also sees Federer resume the mantle of world number one from Nadal and has his name now mentioned alongside sporting icons Mohammed Ali, Tiger Woods, Ayrton Senna, Pele, and Sir Don Bradman.