- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Federer holds off Roddick for 15th Grand Slam title — The biggest surprise in Sunday’s 4-hour, 16-minute Wimbledon final wasn’t that Roger Federer won (he was the big favorite after Rafael Nadal withdrew). It was that Andy Roddick, after losing 18 of 20 matches against Federer, appeared to have him beat when he led during the second-set tiebreak. Roddick had been considered an underachiever after failing to win another major title after the 2003 U.S. Open, but this may be a sign that it’s too early to write his career off as a disappointment.

Nationals take two of three vs. Braves — It may be small consolation to a team that’s 24-55, but things may be turning around for the Nationals. Adding a legitimate center fielder and leadoff man in Nyjer Morgan has improved the offense and defense, and Scott Olsen appears to have regained the form that made him a talented young pitcher in Florida. Regardless, the Nationals’ focus after the All-Star break should be on moving tradeable commodities like Nick Johnson and Josh Willingham and adding more pieces for the future.

TWT FIVE BEST ACTIVE MEN’S PLAYERS WHO HAVEN’T WON WIMBLEDON

1. Andy Roddick — At 26, he still has a couple more years before his age catches up with him, but this may have been his best chance.

2. Novak Djokovic — Like Roddick, he has one Grand Slam title (‘08 Australian Open), but his best finish at Wimbledon was a semifinal loss in 2007.

3. Andy Murray — Despite losing to Roddick in this year’s semis, he represents Britain’s best hope for a hometown champion.

4. Juan Martin del Potro — The 2008 Legg Mason Tennis Classic winner is fifth in the world rankings.

5. Marat Safin — Does anyone remember he was ranked No. 1 in 2000?

HE SAID WHAT?

“Sorry Pete, I tried to hold him off.” — Andy Roddick after Roger Federer broke Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam titles

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