This Day In Sports History (July 5th) – Roger Federer
It was on this day in 2009 that the finals for the 123rd Wimbledon Championship took place in London, England. Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 to capture his sixth Wimbledon title.
Roger Federer would establish four significant records at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. Federer reached his 21st consecutive Grand Slam semi-final and seventh straight Wimbledon final, which were both new records. By reaching the finals, he also made it to more Grand Slam final matches than any man in history. Finally, Roger Federer surpassed Pete Sampras by winning his 15th Grand Slam title, thus cementing himself as one of the greatest tennis players of all-time.
Roger Federer could make history once again at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, as he looks to tie Sampras by earning his seventh title at the All England Club. But in order to do so, he’ll have to get past No.1 ranked Novak Djokovic in a highly anticipated semi-final match on Friday.
Here are highlights from Federer’s seven Wimbledon matches from 2009.
Tim Worrell, MLB – Born July 5th 1967 (age 45) in Pasadena, California
John LeClair, NHL – Born July 5th 1969 (age 43) in St. Albans, Vermont
Chris Gratton, NHL – Born July 5th 1975 (age 37) in Brantford, Ontario