Federer Wins 1st French Open
Swiss star's victory gives him elusive career Grand Slam
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2009 10:46 AM CDT
Sweden's Robin Soderling reacts after missing a point to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles final match of the French Open tennis tournament.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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(Newser) – The fans at Roland Garros got what they were cheering for today: not a nail-bitingly close French Open finals match, but a definitive win by Roger Federer. After years of falling just short on clay, Federer finally can claim a career Grand Slam with his 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4 triumph over Sweden's Robin Soderling, MSNBC reports.

Federer has now drawn even with Pete Sampras with 14 Grand Slam tournament wins. Under a light rain and a torrent of "Roger, Roger!" chants from the stands, he maintained a dominating serve against the upstart who toppled world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. Federer is the fifth man to win all four Grand Slam tournaments.