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.
|Head-to-head stats - how do these two players compare?|
|Roger Federer||Name||Andrew Stephen Roddick|
|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)|
|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|
|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|