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.