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Roger Federer, Serena Williams turn back the Wimbledon clock to 2009

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I thought Roger Federer was done. Not in in the done-done sense of the word, but there was no chance, in my mind, he would win another Grand Slam title. His record against Rafael Nadal since losing to the Spaniard in the 2008 Wimbledon finals was abysmal, and Novak Djokovic played nearly flawless tennis in 2011. Yet it was Federer, approaching his 31st birthday, who was crowned king of the All England Club one more time, beating homegrown Andy Murray in the final, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. As a Federer fan, I'd been worried that his 16 titles would not be enough to hold off Nadal (who, with 11 titles, is five years younger). With this win, I'm confident he'll stay ahead of Nadal's pace. And, incredibly, Federer is again No. 1 in the world rankings.

On the women's side, Serena Williams captured her third Wimbledon title in four years. Dealing with an injury in 2010 and 2011, she had only made it past the fourth round in one Grand Slam event since her last Wimbledon win. Her 14 Grand Slam titles are fourth-most in history, four behind Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. It's tough to think she'll catch them; But if she hadn't been injured for a year, it would be interesting to see where she'd be now.

PHOTO: Roger Federer (SUI) kisses the championship trophy after his match against Andy Murray (GBR) in the men's singles finals of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Federer won 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-US PRESSWIRE