The year and the decade in review

It’s not only the end of the year, it’s the end of the decade. So here’s our collection of where Wimbledon is featuring in some of the round-ups of 2009 and the noughties.

Vote for the 2008 men’s final at the sporting moment of the decade

You can do this at the Telegraph’s website where you can also extracts of the paper’s coverage of the match.

We also learnt the following: “A 1,400 megawatt spike – equivalent to 550,000 kettles being boiled – was recorded at around 9.20pm on that day as Nadal lifted the trophy. The surge is seen as an indicator of millions viewing the final and then rushing to the kitchen after it was over. The national grid felt a bigger surge after the Nadal victory even than at half time during this in the same year’s Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea.”

The New York Times year in review

The NYT offers a thought-provoking analysis of the tennis year with Wimbledon taking two key plaudits. The women’s shot of the year came from the semi-final between Serena Williams and Elena Dementieva. “It might not have been pretty, but Serena Williams’s lunging backhand volley against Elena Dementieva in a Wimbledon semi-final saved match point. Even if it clipped the net, it was a winner. Williams went on to win her third Wimbledon.”

Their match of the year was the men’s singles final between Federer and Andy Roddick. “But Federer-Roddick gets the nod on the strength and length of the occasion. Even if Federer didn’t play his best, he served brilliantly. And Roddick, who will probably never get so close to another major singles title, was such a class act in defeat.”

Federer: The stats

Associated Press gives a run down of Federer’s 15 Slam wins in the decade, including the following incredible stats:

* 15 Grand Slam singles titles;

* 21 Grand Slam finals overall, and 17 of the last 18;

* 22 consecutive Grand Slam semi-final appearances;

* 237 consecutive weeks (about 4 1/2 years) ranked No. 1;

* 24 consecutive victories in tournament finals;

* 65 consecutive victories on grass courts;

* 56 consecutive victories on hard courts.

Quotes of the year

Tennistalk has the Grand Slam year’s best quotes, including this one from Andy Roddick, “Yeah, but you had already won five,” after Federer had told him that he knew how it felt and “don’t be too sad” during the Wimbledon trophy ceremony.

4 Comments

  1. Karen
    Posted 15 December, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    The sporting moment of the decade, in my opinion is when Roger Federer got his record breaking 15th Grand Slam title in that unbelieveable 5-set match this year against Andy Roddick……WOW!!!!

  2. Tripti
    Posted 26 December, 2009 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Roger is the player of the decade…

    Roger’s amazing skills and exceptional talent & grace plus the incredible numbers he’s posted are way better than any other player thus, making Roger the greatest ever.

  3. Posted 11 February, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    That Ownz… 😀

  4. Posted 20 May, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I love The Williamses domminion last decade and I hope it keeps along time here and other tournaments…Federer vs Nadal matches here and an unforgettable Ivanisevic-Rafter 2001 final


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