Roger Federer Wins French Open for Career Slam, Ties Sampras
Roger Federer overcame an unlikely opponent, a fan who leaped onto the court and inclement weather to finally win a French Open and complete his career Grand Slam.
Federer bested Robin Soderling, a 23rd seed and surprise finalist, by a score of 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4 to win his 14th singles title, matching the record set by Pete Sampras.
"It's maybe my greatest victory, or certainly the one that removes the most pressure off my shoulders," Federer said after his Sunday victory, which capped his fourth bid at a Grand Slam in Paris. "Now the question is: Am I the greatest of all time? We don't know, but I definitely have many things going for me because I've finally won all four Grand Slams, and I'm particularly happy reaching Pete's 14."
The championship match was interrupted midway when a spectator leaped onto the court from the stands and tried to put a hat on Federer. The contest also was punctuated by some of the worst weather in French Open history, including cool temperatures and occasional rain.