Federer beats Roddick in an epic Wimbledon final

Roger Federer secured a historic 15th grand slam title when he won an epic Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick on centre court this afternoon. The Swiss player won the match 5-7 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 16-14 but was pushed all the way by a gallant Roddick.

The American claimed the first set, had four set points in the second and held his service game until the final game of a nearly four-hour game, but ultimately came up short in the longest final in Wimbledon history.

Federer's victory sees him surpass Pete Sampras' record of 14 major victories with six Wimbledon titles, five US Opens, three Australian Opens and one French Open win. The 27-year-old has also reclaimed the No.1 spot from Rafael Nadal who missed the tournament through injury.

The match was dominated by the brilliant service games of both players, but it was Roddick who eventually wilted under the late evening sun and blue skies of SW19.

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