Roger Federer’s most memorable matches at Wimbledon

Day Nine: The Championships - Wimbledon 2019

Roger Federer won his 100th match at Wimbledon by beating Kei Nishikori in the quarter-final on Wednesday.

Here, we take a look at five of his most memorable matches at the All England Club.

Roger Federer vs Pete Sampras - Round 4 - 2001

Federer, then a long-haired 19-year-old, announced himself to British tennis fans when he shocked the seven-time champion 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 on his Centre Court debut.

It almost signalled the end of an era, as Sampras won just one more Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2002.

Federer’s first Wimbledon title came two years later.

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal - Final - 2008

A match widely regarded as the greatest in the history of the Championships, although that has always been of little consolation for Federer after he and Nadal had duked it out for four hours and 48 minutes.

At 7-7 in the fifth, with the light fading, the match would have been suspended two games later had Nadal not broken serve to wrap up a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 victory.

Roger Federer vs Andy Roddick - Final - 2009

American Roddick never won Wimbledon, but he could not have done any more to change that in another marathon five-setter.

His serve was broken only once, in the 77th game of a 77-game match, with Federer triumphing 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 after four hours and 17 minutes.

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Roger Federer vs Andy Murray - Final - 2012

Murray became the first British man to reach the final of Wimbledon since 1938, but it ended in tears for the Scot.

Hopes were raised that 74 years of hurt were coming to an end after Murray took the opening set, but Federer hit back to win in four, 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4.

Roger Federer vs Andy Murray - Semi-Final - 2015

Murray had ended his wait for the title two years earlier and was somewhere around his peak when he stepped onto the court to face Federer in the last four.

A little over two hours later, an imperious Federer had won 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in what he described as “definitely one of the best matches I’ve played in my career.”

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