7 Jul 2009

Roddick tips his baseball cap to Federer

7:43 am on 7 July 2009

Roger Federer's got his number one spot back as he surged to the pinnacle of world tennis - possibly forever.

Not only has his record 15th major title at Wimbledon put him back on top of the world rankings, he's now the greatest player in Grand Slam history after beating Andy Roddick in an epic 5-set Wimbledon final.

He eventually prevailed 16-14 in the final set, to win his sixth Wimbledon and break Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slams.

Sampras watched Federer reach the mark from the royal box and hailed him as the greatest tennis player of all time.

Federer says the records aren't the reason he plays tennis and he plans to keep on going for some years yet.

It's the third time Roddick's lost to Federer in the final - and Roddick says he just couldn't shake him off.