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Nic Ladds 4th Jul 2009 - 13:05

Federer looking to make history on Centre Court

Roger Federer and Andy Roddick come face-to-face for a fourth time at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and for a third time the Wimbledon title is the prize for the victor.

The Fed Express has swept aside all before him over the last fortnight, losing just one set in the process. A-Rod, meanwhile, broke the hearts of British tennis fans by ending Andy Murray's quest for a first Grand Slam.

There is so much more at stake in this match than just the honour of being named The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World, as is inscribed on the fabulous gold trophy.

Should American ace Roddick claim the spoils, a 5/1 shot, he will climb back into the world's top five for the first time in almost 18 months – however, this match is all about his opponent.

Federer is after – and has already set – all kinds of records in this year's Championships. By reaching Sunday's showpiece affair, the Swiss super-star now has 20 Grand Slam finals to his name, along with 21 consecutive semi-finals; records he and he alone holds.

Since beating Mark Philippoussis in straight sets six years ago, the world number two has now made the grand finalé seven times. Two of those occasions were against Roddick, but the only man to manage a victory was Rafael Nadal, who in 2008 won the greatest final SW19 has probably ever seen.

If Federer regains his title, widely expected at a price of 1/8, he will overtake Pete Sampras' long-standing haul of 14 Grand Slam titles – and perhaps more importantly, will regain the number one ranking.

History – and a whole lot more – beckons for Roger Federer.

Roger Federer v Andy Roddick – Sunday 14:10

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Head-to-head stats - how do these two players compare?
Roger Federer Name Andrew Stephen Roddick
2 Wimbledon seed 6
2 Current ATP ranking 6
1 (2 February 2004) Career high ATP ranking 1 (3 November 2003)
8 August 1981 Birth date 30 August 1982
Basel, Switzerland Birth place Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Bottmingen, Switzerland Residence Austin, Texas, USA
6'1" (185 cm) Height 6'2" (188 cm)
187 lbs (85 kg) Weight 195 lbs (88 kg)
Right-handed Plays Right-handed
1998 Turned professional 2000
None Coach Larry Stefanki
2 YTD singles titles 1
33-6 YTD singles won-lost 33-8
$3,478,676 YTD prize money $1,230,452
59 Career singles titles 27
650-155 Career singles won-lost 492-156
$48,072,634 Career prize money $15,860,816
15 Masters 1000 titles 4
14 Grand Slam titles 1
Best Grand Slam results
Winner ('04, '06, '07) Australian Open Semi-final ('03, '05, '07, '09)
Winner ('09) French Open Fourth round ('09)
Winner ('03, '04, '05, '06, '07) Wimbledon Final ('04, '05)
Winner ('04, '05, '06, '07, '08) US Open Winner ('03)
Previous meetings - Grand Slams and ATP World Tour only
Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay QF Federer 7-5, 6-7, 6-1
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard QF Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
2009 Australian Open Hard SF Federer 6-2, 7-5, 7-5
2008 ATP Masters Series Miami Hard QF Roddick 7-6, 4-6, 6-3
2007 Tennis Masters Cup Hard RR Federer 6-4, 6-2
2007 US Open Hard QF Federer 7-6, 7-6, 6-2
2007 Australian Open Hard SF Federer 6-4, 6-0, 6-2
2006 Tennis Masters Cup Hard RR Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
2006 US Open Hard Final Federer 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
2005 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati Hard Final Federer 6-3, 7-5
2005 The Championships, Wimbledon Grass Final Federer 6-2, 7-6, 6-4
2004 ATP Bangkok Hard Final Federer 6-4, 6-0
2004 ATP Masters Series Canada Hard Final Federer 7-5, 6-3
2004 The Championships, Wimbledon Grass Final Federer 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4
2003 Tennis Masters Cup Hard SF Federer 7-6, 6-2
2003 ATP Masters Series Canada Hard SF Roddick 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
2003 The Championships, Wimbledon Grass SF Federer 7-6, 6-3, 6-3
2002 ATP Basel Carpet QF Federer 7-6, 6-1
2002 ATP Sydney Hard SF Federer 7-6, 6-4
2001 ATP Basel Carpet QF Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
 
 
 

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