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Records tumble at Wimbledon

July 06, 2009 00:32 IST

Roger Federer became the first man to win 15 Grand Slam singles titles when he triumphed over American Andy Roddick to take his sixth Wimbledon crown on Sunday. The marathon match broke several other records.


* The match was the longest ever men's Grand Slam final in games, clocking up a total of 77 across five sets.

The previous record was 71 games in the 1927 Australian Championship, and the previous Wimbledon record was 62 games in last year's Wimbledon final between Federer and Rafael Nadal.


* At 16-14 the final set was the longest fifth set in a men's Grand Slam final in games.

The previous record was 11-9 in the 1927 Roland Garros final.


* The fifth set also broke the record for the most games in any set in a Wimbledon men's singles final, with a total 30 games played -- the equivalent of six extra sets and includes finals played before the tiebreak system was introduced.

The previous record was 24 games, which was reached in both the first set of the men's singles final in 1954 and the last set of the men's singles final in 1958.


* Federer served 50 aces during Sunday's final -- the most he has ever served in a match, and one behind Ivo Karlovic's Wimbledon record of 51 aces.

Federer's previous best was 39 aces, in his match against Janko Tipsarevic in the 2008 Australian Open.

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