Federer became the highest seed for Wimbledon following defending champion Rafael Nadal's decision to withdraw from the tournament due to tendinosis. Federer defeated Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round 7–5, 6–3, 6–2. He moved safely into the third round with a 6–2, 6–2, 6–4 win over Guillermo García-López. In the third round Federer defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6–3, 6–2, 6–7(5), 6–1. Federer then booked a place in the quarter-finals by defeating Robin Söderling 6–4, 7–6(5), 7–6(5). In the quarter-finals, Federer cruised through Ivo Karlović, 6–3, 7–5, 7–6(3) to extend his all-time record of consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals to 21. In the semi-finals, Federer defeated Tommy Haas 7–6(3), 7–5, 6–3 to reach his seventh consecutive Wimbledon final, an all-time record. With this win, he also reached his 20th Grand Slam final, surpassing the previous record of 19 set by Lendl. In a match that took 4 hours and 17 minutes to complete, he beat the American Andy Roddick in the final in the latest chapter of their long, though lopsided rivalry, regaining the World No. 1 spot from Rafael Nadal. The final score was 5–7, 7–6(6), 7–6(5), 3–6, 16–14, and the 30 total games in the fifth set was a new Grand Slam record. The match was also the longest men's singles final (in terms of games played) in Grand Slam history with 77 games played, and the fifth set alone lasted 95 minutes. The match has been called an "instant classic" by ESPN, and received the highest TV ratings in the UK for any Wimbledon final since 2001. With the win, he also became the fourth man in the open era to win both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year following Nadal in 2008, Borg in 1978-1980, and Laver in 1969. He also joined Nadal as the only players to simultaneously hold Grand Slams on clay, grass and hard court (2008 U.S. Open, 2009 French Open, 2009 Wimbledon).