ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION OUTFIT AND RACKET
ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION OUTFIT AND RACKET
ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION OUTFIT AND RACKET
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ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION OUTFIT AND RACKET

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON, 2009

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ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION OUTFIT AND RACKET
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON, 2009
The shirt: signed ‘Roger Federer’ (upper left), with gold ‘RF’ logo (centre) and Nike Custom Athlete label, by Nike
The shorts: with Nike Custom Athlete label, by Nike
The bandana: signed ‘Roger Federer’, by Nike
The wristbands: each signed ‘Roger Federer’, by Nike
The belt: signed ‘Roger Federer’ with printed ‘RF’ logo (on the buckle)
The sneakers: each signed ‘Roger Federer’ (on the side), one with stitched ‘RF’ logo (on the heel), the other with a stitched replica of the Wimbledon trophy (on the heel) surrounding a ‘5’, each with personalised label 'RF-Wimbledon Grass' (on the inside of the tongue) and with stitched black RF (on the tongue), by Nike
The racket: signed ‘Roger Federer’ on the grip, with printed ‘Roger Federer’ autograph on the frame, K Factor Six.One Tour by Wilson

We are extremely grateful to Gerard Starkey, Co-Founder of SAAS (Sports Authority Authentication Services), for his independent expert analysis and style-matching performed on this lot.

The shirt: 29 ½ in. (75 cm.) long; the shorts: 20 in. (51 cm.) long; the sneakers: 12 ¼ in. (31 cm.) long; the bandana: 21 ¼ in. (54 cm.) square; the wristbands: 4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) long; the belt: 39 3/8 in. (100 cm.) long; the racket: 27 in. (68.5) cm. long
Special notice

Specified lots are being stored at Crozier Park Royal (details below) or will be removed from Christie’s, 8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT by 5.00pm on the day of the sale. Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. If the lot has been transferred to Crozier Park Royal, it will be available for collection from 12.00pm on the second business day following the sale. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Crozier Park Royal. All collections from Crozier Park Royal will be by pre-booked appointment only. Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com. If the lot remains at Christie’s, 8 King Street, it will be available for collection on any working day (not weekends) from 9.00am to 5.00pm
This lot has been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.

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Lot Essay

"It's not one of those goals you set as a little boy but it's been quite a career and quite a month. I hope to come back for many years." (Roger Federer, BBC Sport, 2009)

Roger arrived at the Wimbledon Championships in 2009, just two weeks after his heroics in Paris, looking to regain his crown after losing out to Nadal in 2008. His Spanish rival had withdrawn due to a knee injury, and after Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray exited the tournament in the quarter and semi-finals respectively, the draw appeared to be wide open.

Roger's progress to a seventh final was assured and impressive, with only the German Philip Kohlschreiber able to take a set from him. In the final, Andy Roddick stood in the way of Roger and sporting history. This would be the duo’s 21st meeting and the fourth in a Grand Slam final, with Roger currently leading 3-0. Many commentators were predicting an easy victory for the Swiss star, however Roddick had other ideas.

The American started the final strongly, taking the first set 7-5, before Roger took the decisive second 7-6. Roddick would rue letting four set points slide by in the tiebreak. The third set went the same way, with Roger prevailing in a tiebreak, but a brave performance from Roddick in the penultimate set, levelled the match. For the third year in a row Roger was taken to five sets in a Wimbledon final and as previously, there was no shortage of drama. Roger triumphed in one of the most memorable final sets of all time, finally breaking the American’s serve to win 16-14. This far surpassed the previous Grand Slam record of 20 games in a final set. Pete Sampras, on his first visit to Wimbledon since 2002, joined the ovation from his position in Centre Court’s Royal Box, having watched Roger win one of tennis’ greatest matches to break his most coveted Grand Slam record.
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