Federer vs Roddick

2009 Wimbledon Men’s Final

5 July 2009

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?

Well Andy Roddick’s serve was certainly an irresistible force, as shown by the fact that he won 37 service games straight against Roger Federer in the one match.

But Federer proved to be the legendary immovable object. Even in the presentation ceremony he remarked that he was glad the match ended when it did ‘because it could have gone on for another couple of hours.’ He certainly looked fresh enough to have kept playing for much longer, as fresh as if he had just walked onto centre court from the locker rooms. So it was clear that Roger had decided he wasn’t going anywhere without the trophy on this occasion.

So, history has played out, but what can we learn from it?