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Federer and Serena© Getty ImagesRoger Federer and Serena Williams step out at the Wimbledon Champions' Ball. takes a look at the news and talking points at The Championships on Sunday.

What The Papers Are Saying
The plaudits are endless for Roger Federer, and indeed Andy Roddick, after the two produced a wonderful finale that saw Federer win a record 15th Grand Slam crown. “Roger Federer confims he is greatest ever” headlines The Times. “A year ago, save for a couple of hours, we asked the question could sport get any better? Could tennis get any crueller? Could Wimbledon ever have a men’s singles final to compare with the brilliance of 2008?” asks Barry Flatman. “Perhaps now, after this gargantuan struggle that featured more games than any other final in grand-slam history, we can have a better perspective on these three issues that will be debated at length by everyone who cares for the sport or simply dips into tennis for the Wimbledon fortnight. What more could anyone ask for a finale? Records galore being broken, a gathering of legends, a contest brimful of aggression, subtlety and mutual respect across the net, a glorious sunny afternoon and early evening, unlike last year uninterrupted by rain.”

Roger Federer must now be heralded as indisputably the greatest of all time,” continues Flatman. “Most accepted the fact after he completed his set of majors at the French Open a month ago but now with 15 grand-slam titles to his name, he has made any conjecture on the subject irrelevant.”

“No match will ever be tighter or more absorbing,” states The Sun. “Roger Federer defied Andy Roddick's heroics to claim the most dramatic of his six Wimbledon crowns and a record 15th Grand Slam title. The No.2 in the world rankings became the No.1 in the tennis books after breaking Roddick's serve for the first time in the very last game to clinch an amazing fifth set 16-14.”

Writing in The Telegraph, three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker believes the final was Roddick’s to lose. “Federer would not have come back from two sets down. But at that crucial moment, Roddick stopped believing. It is the few grains of doubt, or just not being comfortable in that situation, which makes all of the difference. The same can be said of the fifth set. Roddick was one point away from serving for his first Wimbledon title in that last set, but he couldn't take it. Federer only needed one championship point, which tells you everything. He only broke Roddick's serve in the last game of the match. That is percentage tennis."

BBC Sport gets the thoughts from some of the games legends as to whether Federer is the greatest player ever. “He was a legend and now he's an icon. He's a credit to the game,” says Pete Sampras – seven-time Wimbledon champion. “He is the greatest - I have to give it to him - some people say Rod Laver and Rafael Nadal but Roger has won all the majors and he's going to win a few more.”

“He's the most gifted player that I've ever seen in my life - I've seen a lot of people play. This guy could be the greatest of all time. That, to me, says it all,” states seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe.

Boris Becker declares: “I believe he is the greatest player of all time - he has won grand slams on all four surfaces. He is only 27 so he has a couple of good years left in him. His all-round game makes him so special and he really doesn't have a weakness.”

Headline Of The Day
“Jolly Roger”, headlines The Sun. “Fed Makes History With Epic Wimbo Win”.

Statistic Of The Day
At 77 games, it was the longest men’s Grand Slam final in history. The previous Wimbledon record was 62 games – set last year in the gripping finale between Rafael Nadal and Federer. The final set in Sunday’s final, which lasted 95 minutes, was the longest in any Grand Slam final ever.

Roddick held 37 straight service games in the match - and saved the first six break points he faced - before Federer broke in his 38th service game and on his seventh break point. Meanwhile, Federer fired a personal-best 50 aces – just one short of the Wimbledon record set by Ivo Karlovic.

Quote Of The Day
“I tried for you Pete, I tried to hold him off. I'm sorry,” joked Andy Roddick after the final. Pete Sampras watched from the front row of the Royal Box as his Grand Slam record was broken. 


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