When we talk about tennis, one of the ace players whose name crops up on our mind is Roger Federer. Unassumingly, he has one of the most sought after career in tennis with numerous wins. With his tennis career nearing its end, let us recollect the top 10 captivating moments from the player’s career.
- Wimbledon 2001
The Wimbledon 2001 saw one of the finest tennis players in the world, Pete Sampras pitted against the talented newbie Roger Federer. The highly exciting match ended with Federer’s 7-5 win in the fifth set which proved his mettle of taking it up against any bigwigs of tennis.
- Wimbledon 2003
The Swiss player repeated his victory in the Wimbledon 2003 where he won his first Grand Slam trophy against Mark Philippoussis. When asked about what took him two years to win this title, he said that he dedicated the two years in fine-tuning his game and working around on the weak points.
- Australian Open 2004
Roger secured the No.1 ranking after defeating Marat Safin in the final of the Australian Open in 2004. With a Grand Slam title and No. 1 Ranking, he surpassed Andy Roddick. He remained in the top spot for 237 weeks at a stretch.
- The Victorious seasons of 2006
In November 2006, Federer won the Tennis Masters Cup in China; this was regarded as one of his most impressive sessions. He created some covetous statistics with 92-5 along with 12 titles with 3 Grand Slams. He played 16 finals in 17 tournaments and total prize money of $8.3 million.
- Wimbledon 2007
The victory in Wimbledon 2007 was his fifth consecutive win. With this success, he joined Bjorn Borg as the solo player in the Open Era to be triumphant in All England Club for consecutive five years.
- Wimbledon 2008
This was one of the adrenaline-rushing matches as Federer played against another world champion, Rafael Nadal. Although Federer lost this match, yet this match is considered one of the best ever tennis match played in the history of recent times.
- French Open 2009
In the French Open 2009 in Roland Garros, Federer’s arch rival Nadal was defeated and eliminated by Robin Soderling in the fourth round. This gave Federer a fair chance to win the game. He faced Soderling in the Final and defeated him winning the first French Open Title. This was also his 14th major title and earning him the status of the Greatest Tennis Player of All the Time.
- Wimbledon 2009
Federer won his 15th major title with the victory at Wimbledon finale. He broke Pete Sampras’s record with this. He ended the match in 16-14 in the fifth set against Andy Roddick.
- US Open 2009 & 2010
Federer won the respect of all this time when he gave some of his best shots in the two US Opens in 2009 and 2010. He produced “tweeners” or unbelievable twin winners in the US Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium, considered the biggest of all.
- July 2012
Federer reinstated himself as the World No. 1 in July 2012 with winning seven major titles from September 2011 to May 2012 and winning his 17th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.