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Roger Federer Does It Again

By Nawest Vazquez     Jul 8, 2007 in Sports
Roger Federer won his fifth straight Wimbledon title Sunday morning, equalling the record held by Bjorn Borg, and solidifying his place as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
It was only fitting that standing between Roger Federer's fifth straight Wimbledon title stood none other than his greatest rival, Rafael Nadal.
Federer and Nadal have played some fantastic matches over the past few years, and are clearly the cream of the crop when it comes to men's tennis. Nadal dominates on clay, while Federer simply cannot be beaten on grass.
Nadal, who beat Federer in the final of the French Open, was looking to avenge last year's loss to Federer in the Wimbledon final. Federer was looking to make history and tie his idol Bjorn Borg by winning five straight Wimbledon titles.
Federer was not to be denied. Bjorg watched from the stands as Federer and Nadal battled it out for over three hours in a clash of the tennis titans.
In the end, Federer came out on top in a thrilling five set match. It was the first time an opponent had taken Federer to five sets in a Grand Slam Final. That shows you just how good Federer has been in the most important matches; they're usually not even close. But Nadal was game today, and he pushed Federer to the limit. Both men left it all out on the court, and Federer held on to win 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2.
The tournament win gives Federer his 11th major title, tying him for third on the all-time win list. It's only a matter of time before Federer eclipses Pete Sampras' record of 14 major titles.
The stats speak for themselves. Federer has now won 53 straight matches on grass and 34 straight matches at the All-England Club. As good as Rafa Nadal is, he simply cannot take the number one ranking away from the Swiss Federer.
It was 1980 when Bjorn Borg won his fifth straight Wimbledon title. Federer has now equalled the feat, and it is an incredible record.
The only thing that eludes Federer is a Career Grand Slam, and he can blame his nemesis Nadal for that. The Spaniard is dynamite on clay-court and stands in the way of Federer ever winning the French Open.
Congratulations to both Nadal and Federer, who had fantastic tournaments and played a magnificent five set final. It was one of the best tennis matches I have ever seen.
It's not every Sunday that I'll get up to watch a tennis match at 9am, but this was one I just couldn't afford to miss, and it didn't disappoint.
Roger Federer - the greatest tennis player of all time. Get used to that one.
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