Sunday, July 05, 2009

Witnessing History ... Triumph & Disaster

Since Wimbledon is all about tradition, I started a new one today ... Waffle Breakfast After Wimbledon. Next year it may be smarter to have it after the Ladies' Final!

Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick in an amazing, historic, record-setting, epic battle on Centre Court.

Minutes after match point, this GREAT Nike congrats commercial aired starring Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Pete Sampras, Serena Williams & John McEnroe.

16-14 in the final set!

New records ...
Roger's 15th Grand Slam title surpassing Pete Sampras' record.
Longest Wimbledon Final 77 games (old record 58 games in 1954).
Longest set in Singles Final 16-14 (old record 13-11 in 1953 & 1958).

Interesting stats ...

It's so nice Pete showed up to see his record broken.

Some old images from my archives ... Roger & Andy

Changing of the Guard ... Wimbledon 2001: Sampras vs Federer
Some stats about this historic match in the Round of 16:

It was the only time they both met and since then, Sampras has retired. Federer holds a 1-0 lifetime head-to-head against him.

Going into the match, Pete had never lost a 5-set match at Wimbledon before he lost to Federer 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7- 5.

He had a streak of 31 straight wins at W, tying him with Rod Laver.

Pete had won the 7 of the last 8 Wimbledons going into the 2001 W.

Pete was looking for his 100th win at Wimbledon when he met Federer.

It's hard to believe that this is the only time they played each other, it was only the 4th round & Roger prevailed.

Four hours & sixteen minutes later ... it was time to eat!

Anna's waffle was a combo of the Wimbledon logo & the Swiss flag.

Ilona was just happy the match was over! We waited a long time to eat!

And Matt, well we weren't sure WHAT he was making ...

... nor could we tell after he was finished. The only thing I can tell you is that it was made of 2 full-size waffles & 3 mini-waffles. I think Matt needed a sharper knife!