“Sorry Pete, I tried to hold him off”

In a record-breaker, Roddick loses Wimbledon to Federer, apologizes to Sampras


Roger Federer and Andy Roddick played for four hours and 15 minutes—(the last set was a record 95 minutes long)—before Federer broke the American’s serve to win Wimbledon. It was a record 15th grand slam for Federer, beating Pete Sampras for that title. After the match, Roddick told Sampras, who sat in the Royal Box for the game: “Sorry, Pete, I know I tried to hold him off.” On Saturday, Serena Williams won the women’s final over her sister, Venus, and Canadian Daniel Nestor and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic won the doubles title.

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“Sorry Pete, I tried to hold him off”

  1. It was an unbeleeble match. Really. Unbeleeble. Listening to Federer's comments post-match, it's clear he needs a P-R make-over. All he could think of was last year's loss to Nadal, little mention of Roddick's remarkable effort. Roddick pointed out off-microphone that Roger shouldn't dwell on past losses – he'd only won Wimbledon 5 times before that. Great shot, there. Oh, but Roger said "unbeleeble" about 22 times in 3 minutes. Yes, truly unbeleeble.

    • great shot? I thought he sounded both whinny and deflated his own bubble at the same time.

      • We disagree. Roddick did play the match of his life, you must concur. I was rooting for Roger, by the way. Loved seeing Borg, Laver, Sampras, and Nastase up there, too.

        • yeah we def agree on more than we disagree. The game was fantastic and tho I was cheering for Federer, one couldn't help but pull for Roddick a bit. He did play great and in any other circumstance would have won. I was remarking to my partner (she was cheering for Roddick) it must be so frustrating for him to have come along at the same time as Federer. And it was super to see all the greats there. I did, btw, like Andy's quip as to 'having tried' to Sampress.

          • Yes, you could see the real pain in his face after coming so close. You know, this is remarkable athletic performance. I'm not sure casual sports fans understand how 'fit' these tennis players (men AND women) have to be to hammer away for 4 hours like that. Incredible. I was completely entertained and amazed.

          • agreed M.G., I must admit my tennis consumption in the past couple years has not been what it has been in the past, but this weekend was filled with great tennis while I was stuck inside working. I agree with your sentiment on the athletic performance, when I played university lacrosse a game of tennis could easily still wind me. as you say completely entertaining and amazing.

    • Wow going after a guy for having an accent.
      Clearly you are not worldly.
      What a bunch of ignorants we have in Canada.

  2. Roger is fine just as he is.

    English is his second, maybe third language. He only talked about Rafa in the context of his absence, to point out to the crowd that he had been there, Roger would be playing him (not Andy) in the final.

    Last year's final was better. In fact, if Roger had served last year the way he did this year, he could have won.

  3. mgmitchell, I felt for Roddick so much when Federer told him something along the lines of, "Don't feel too sad, Andy." I thought it was a bit of an insensitive thing to say as the champion (a 5-time champion as Roddick pointed out).

  4. I wonder which is harder: winning 15 Grand Slams or figuring out what to say after you win each of them, especially the later wins.

    Btw, no sarcasm intended, just an observation that victory speeches – and runner-up speeches for that matter – pose their own challenges.