Federer-Roddick rivalry boosts men's tennis

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Roger Federer has been compared to Pete Sampras and he moved one step closer to justifying those comparisons by winning back to back titles at Wimbledon.

Federer-Roddick rivalry boosts men's tennis

London:

Roger Federer has been compared to Pete Sampras and he moved one step closer to justifying those comparisons by winning back to back titles at Wimbledon. Roger Federer was first noticed when he beat Pete Sampras in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2001 and now he has become the first player since Sampras to win back to back titles at the all England club. Federer beat Andy Roddick in four sets in the final on Sunday. However the one big difference from last year was that he didn't burst into tears."Somehow I feel more joy this year because I had so much pressure going into this tournament. Now to see my name on the board twice in a row. I kind of, you know, get more joy out of this. It's strange," said Federer. The final though was a good sign for men's tennis. The game has missed a good rivalry since the Sampras-Agassi one. However Roddick felt he would need to win more matches against Federer to make it as competitive as the Agassi-Sampras one. "I have to start winning some of them to start calling it a rivalry," said Roddick.Federer has the edge right now, having won 6 out of the 7 times the two have played. Federer's form in the last year is bad news for his rivals - of the last 6 grand slams, he has won three of them. And unlike Sampras he can play on clay as well. The 22 year old won the Rome Masters earlier this year.The next target for Federer is an Olympic gold at Athens, but for now he's off to play at the Swiss Open. Last year the organisers presented him with a cow named Juliete for winning Wimbledon, this year his bovine friend may just end up getting a companion.



Topics : Tennis
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