Roger Federer wins 2009 Wimbledon Men's Final to surpass Pete Sampras's record 14 Grand Slam titles

On and on they held serve as the fifth set of the Wimbledon men’s final endured beyond all precedent.

On and on, with shadows encroaching on the grass, Andy Roddick kept pace with Roger Federer on Centre Court as Federer attempted to close in on a record 15th Grand Slam singles title.

But as cruel as the concept began to seem as both players continued to invest in the outcome, Wimbledon’s latest epic had to finish. And as poignant as it should seem to those who know how long Roddick has been chasing sunlight in Federer’s shadow, Federer was the one who again ended up holding the trophy.

Roddick, in the midst of a resurgent season, had hoped to postpone Federer’s record-making, but despite playing what looked very much like the match of his life, Roddick could succeed only in turning Sunday’s final into Wimbledon’s latest classic as Federer won by the remarkable score of 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14.

He’s a friend, a great player, a good guy. He’s got 15. He could get 17, 18 majors when it’s all done. He’s a stud.”

— Pete Sampras on Federer