WIMBLEDON (KHNL) - Roger Federer made history at Wimbledon by becoming the first player to win 15 Grand Slam Titles, surpassing Pete Sampras' 14 titles. Federer needed a record 4 hours and 16 minutes to beat American, Andy Roddick in an epic five set battle on Centre Court, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. Federer becomes just the third player in 40 years to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same calendar year, joining Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal.
Playing in his record 20th Grand Slam final and sixth in a row overall, Federer beat Roddick for the third time in the Wimbledon championship match, adding to his victories in 2004 and '05. He extended his overall domination over Roddick to 19-2, including 8-0 in Grand Slams.
Sampras was in attendance, as well as Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver, to see Federer make tennis history. After the match, Sampras said, Federer is now the greatest player in history.
The match went into the record books as the longest men's Grand Slam final in history at 77 games -- breaking the previous record of 71 from 1927 in Australia.