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Roger Federer’s 5 greatest Grand Slam wins
Sep 28, 2022, 3:36:00 AM

Roger Federer’s 5 greatest Grand Slam wins

Roger Federer decided to call his career over and move on from tennis. The renowned tennis star played his final tournament in the sport at the Laver Cup and bid a huge farewell to all his fans worldwide.

The Swiss star was one of the rising stars who dreamt of making history in the sport. Federer rose to prominence and earned respect from a lot of tennis stars, especially his fellow members of the ‘Big Three’—Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The star began at the age of 14 in 1996 at a grade 2 tournament in Switzerland, and look at how far he’s gone since then.

Federer wrapped up his career with a strong finish. As one of the players who enjoyed a cherished run on the ATP Tour, the star has already shown the world why he is one of the legends the sport has ever seen. 

Here is Roger Federer’s greatest Grand Slam wins on the ATP Tour:

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Maiden Slam: Wimbledon 2003 vs Mark Philippoussis

Federer first earned his success on the big stage in the 2003 edition of Wimbledon—where he would later win more Grand Slam titles in his career. His first Grand Slam win was not an easy journey as he grounded his path to the competition final at 21. He had to beat Mark Philippoussis with a score of 7-6 (5), 6-2, and 7-6 (3).

Winning the junior title at the 1998 edition of the All England Club and beating seven-time winner Pete Sampras in the fourth round of the 2001 competition was a sign of things to come. Federer never made it past the quarterfinals of any major competition until two years later when he made history at Wimbledon. 

There was pressure from all sides, and Federer shook his head to stay focused on the game. When the final whistle was blown, and he scored his winning point, Federer went down and was sobbing on the court—realising it was a massive success for him and the start of a long journey.

Welcome to New York: US Open 2003 vs Lleyton Hewitt

Federer followed up that success at Wimbledon with many strides in the same year. He elevated his performance and became one of the rising favourites to win various tournaments. Like any other first-timer in New York, Federer talked about the noise of playing at the US Open, knowing he had to win the game.

However, the fifth time he entered, Federer, set the pace and reached the final before beating Lleyton Hewitt with a score of 6-0, 7-6 (3) and 6-0. He was in complete control and even set an entire daring record: two shutout sets in the event's championship match for the first time since 1884.

Federer was pleased with his win and vowed to give it his all in every Grand Slam tournament he played. It would be the first of five wins in a row at the Flushing Meadows, and he beat top players from various generations. This list included Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Novak Djokovic, who all reached the no. 1 spot at some point in their careers.

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First career Grand Slam: French Open 2009 vs Robin Soderling

After a successful few years of building his reputation as a contender in almost every tournament, Federer came up with an incredible feat in the 2009 French Open. He defeated Robin Soderling to claim his first Grand Slam, which he achieved by winning all four significant tourneys in a single season.

By the end of the French Open, Federer became the sixth man to ever finish with a career Grand Slam. He also tied Sampras' record of 14 majors after that 6-1, 7-6 (1) and 6-4 affair against Soderling in Paris. It is also one of his only five runs in the championship of the French Open and the only time he did not face Rafael Nadal in that part of the competition.

His wins set the tone for a historic 2009 campaign, thanks to his impressive performance in one of the toughest tournaments. The Swiss star is known for his expertise in playing on grass courts, and winning at a clay court was a far more daunting task he pulled off.

Setting the record: Wimbledon 2009 vs Andy Roddick

Federer kept the same pace after his French Open success by claiming the 2009 Wimbledon title, where he defeated Andy Roddick with a score of 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, and 16-14. It was one of his most intense tournaments since the match lasted four and 16 minutes, with the fifth set lasting more than 1 ½ hours alone. 

When the dust settled and a winner was called, Federer wore a specially tailored white jacket with a gold '15' stitched back. It was to honour his feat of passing Sampras' mark for most Slam trophies in men's tennis, which opened up the race for the Big Three to chase the 20-slam mark with the Swiss star leading the charge. 

Roddick put up a good fight against Federer, and it will go down as one of the most intense games in the history of the sport. Defeating the big server was challenging for Federer, but like he always does against other opponents, the Swiss star found a way to pull off a stunning win.

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Making history: Australian Open 2018 vs Marin Cilic

After years plagued with injuries and making a comeback in 2017, Federer showed the world that he is not giving up on making history in tennis. After a solid finish for the 2017 run, Federer kept up the same pace and launched his campaign at the 2018 Australian Open by beating Marin Cilic. It marked Federer's third title in five majors since the 2017 run.

What made this win at Melbourne Park more memorable was the Swiss star's most significant achievement. Federer became the first player to reach 20 Grand Slams, a colossal feat. While his other co-Big Three stars reached the mark after, nothing beats the first time he wrote history.

Roger Federer’s legacy in the ATP Tour

Roger Federer will go down in history as one of the best players in the sport. His career will be remembered as a symbol of grit, hard work, and overall dedication to tennis. He has set the bar for success among other aspiring athletes. 

Injuries may have taken a toll on the Swiss star, but he also proved that he is perseverant. It was seen in his campaign after returning from a knee injury and his final years in the sport. 

Here are some of the best feats by Roger Federer on the ATP Tour:

  • Australian Open (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018)

  • French Open (2009)

  • Wimbledon (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017)

  • US Open (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

  • ATP Finals (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011)

  • World no. 1 for 310 weeks (including 237 weeks in a row)

  • 103 ATP singles titles

  • 1251–275 (82.0%) singles record

  • 131–92 (58.7%) doubles record

A well-deserved retirement by Roger Federer

Roger Federer's retirement from tennis wraps up the Big Three era. His co-stars are likely to follow soon, but the Swiss star's decision to call it a career will bring fans back to his early beginnings as they will remember a boy who dreamed of making history in the sport. 

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores


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