More than 10 years after the first “Is Federer done?” remarks by leading tennis pundits around the world, the Swiss maestro is not only still going strong – he’s winning Grand Slams as well! If there’s one player in the world of sports you can easily call the greatest, it must be Roger Federer. A true gentleman and professional on the court and off it, Federer has dominated the sport for nearly two decades and we’re not sure if he’s ever going to stop.
With 20 (!) Grand Slam titles under his belt, Federer has done it all. He’s defeated fierce opponents and won with his back against the wall, which is why he is truly the best there is. He can add one more to his trophy cabinet if he wins another Slam this year.
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If there’s one match that defines Roger Federer’s legend, it’s the 2003 Wimbledon final. That’s the match where everything started. After a few disappointing tournaments at the All England Club in the previous years, Federer finally reached the final, defeating Australian Mark Philippoussis in straight sets. This is where the legend of Roger Federer was born, and it still lasts 15 years later.
Roger Federer has a stunning 8 Wimbledon trophies behind his name and he’s gunning for a ninth this year, so it’s clear that some of his best Grand Slam wins came at this tournament. The 2009 final was historic from a few points of view – it was the longest final in terms of games in the history of Grand Slams and had the longest fifth set as well. Federer beat one of his biggest rivals Andy Roddick in 5 sets (5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14), in a time where many wondered if he could ever win a Slam again.
He won at Wimbledon twice more after that, in 2012 and 2017.
Australian Open 2017
Coming off a 6-month break and a knee injury, Roger Federer entered the first Grand Slam of the year seeded 17th. He was relishing the challenge and it definitely showed on the court. Beating top 10 players such as Tomas Berdych and fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka on his way to the final, Federer faced an in-form Rafael Nadal for the title.
In a truly special match, Federer bested his biggest rival even after trailing in the final set. It was his 18th major and sparked a return to form in 2017, which saw him end the season with 7 titles and 2 Grand Slams in tow.
Did we mention that Federer was 35 at the time, or that he won this year’s Australian Open at 36? He’s the oldest player to compete in a Grand Slam final and the oldest player at the top of the ATP tour list with 36 years and 159 days of age (February 2018). For the Swiss maestro, age is really just a number.