British press hail Federer the master

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British newspapers call Roger Federer the greatest tennis player of all time after his Wimbledon victory.

London -- The disappointment of not seeing a British player in the men's final at Wimbledon was forgotten on Monday as newspapers here hailed Roger Federer as the greatest player of all time.

The Swiss won his sixth trophy at the All England Club with a win over Andy Roddick on Sunday, beating Pete Sampras' record to take an historic 15th Grand Slam title.

"What more could anyone ask for a finale?" asked The Times.

"Records galore being broken, a gathering of legends, a contest brimful of aggression, subtlety and mutual respect across the net, a glorious sunny afternoon and early evening, unlike last year uninterrupted by rain."

One commentator said Federer "must now be heralded as indisputably the greatest of all time".

But there was also praise for his opponent, whom he has now defeated in three Wimbledon finals as well as the 2006 US Open title match, saying Roddick's determination made Federer's win more impressive.

"What a match! What an opponent! What a champion!" said the Sun.

The Daily Mail added, "Here was Roddick's peak this year, perhaps even in his career, and that Federer still found the wit and strength to defeat him over 30 games in the final set is what puts him apart as a champion."

A commentator in the Guardian wrote that Federer proved in their match that he had the athletic grace -- "someone must oil Roger Federer's skeleton every night" -- and the mental strength to win.

"To proclaim Federer as the greatest of all tennis players is statistically straightforward and morally necessary," he wrote.

"As Andy Roddick finally began to tire in the match that refused to end, Federer turned beyond pure natural talent to something more primeval: the refusal to yield, the compulsion to prevail that allows those with a special knack for playing sport to go on and become champions."

Roddick cut short Andy Murray's hopes of being the first Briton to win Wimbledon for 73 years in their semi-final match on Friday.

AFP / Expatica

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