Federer Regains Wimbledon Crown and Number One Ranking
By Mike McIntyre
Roger Federer won his seventeenth Grand Slam title on Sunday at Wimbledon by defeating Great Britain's own Andy Murray by a score of 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. In the process he also tied Pete Sampras' record with seven Wimbledon titles and perhaps even more surprisingly has now regained the world number one ranking from Novak Djokovic.
While most tennis fans and members of the media have admitted that Federer has been more than capable of winning another Grand Slam tournament, probably very few would have agreed that getting back to number one was a real possibility for the nearly 31 year old Federer.
Federer's re-capturing of the pinnacle position in the sport has not happened by fluke or through the misfortune of others. Since last year's U.S. Open he has put forward an incredibly consistent run that has included eight tournament victories and shown the world that he has much, much more top-level tennis within him.
He now needs only two weeks to beat Pete Sampras' 286 weeks of being the number one ranked tennis player in the world and with the schedule the way it is, such a result is already a lock.
The greatest player of all-time somehow finds a way to keep getting better. In less than a month we will find out if he can add the only major missing piece from an otherwise perfect career - an Olympic gold medal in singles competition. With that event being held on grass at the All-England Club, I'd say Federer has just put himself in an excellent position to accomplish that as well.
Here is the transcript of his post-championship press conference from Sunday.