An Unbreakable Roger Federer Record That Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Might Never Break

Published 01/05/2021, 2:32 AM EST
Roger Federer during a match against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


Over the years, Roger Federer has accumulated several records. As tennis has moved forward, these records have been bettered and broken. However, during his dominant period between 2004 to 2009, Federer set a record that no one could ever touch in the future.

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Federer won five consecutive titles at two Grand Slams, a record that seems to be unparalleled and tough to conquer. He won five Wimbledon titles from 2003 to 2007 and won the US Open five times too, from 2004 to 2008.

Roger Federer  holds up the US Open trophy. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

How close have Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have come to Roger Federer’s record?

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Federer’s rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic don’t come anywhere close to this record. Nadal has won five consecutive titles at the French Open, but other than that he doesn’t even have a total of five titles elsewhere. Djokovic, on the other hand, has never won five consecutive titles at a Grand Slam. His best streak was three Australian Open titles between 2011-2013.

Roger Federer won five consecutive Wimbledon titles between 2003 and 2007

Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2003, which started off his dominance at Wimbledon. He was easily beating his opponents; no one was able to defeat Federer at Wimbledon between 2003 and 2007.

In 2003 Federer defeated Mark Philippoussis in the Wimbledon final. In 2004 and 2005, he beat Andy Roddick. Then, in 2006 and 2007, he beat Nadal.

Roger Federer at Wimbledon. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Federer’s streak was finally broken when he lost the 2008 Wimbledon final to Nadal. That ended a 41 match win streak at Wimbledon.

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Roger Federer won five consecutive US Open titles between 2004 and 2008

The US Open as well became a happy hunting ground for Federer. His five consecutive titles came between 2004 and 2008.

He again had an air of invincibility around him and was winning for fun. Federer defeated former World No.1 and Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt in the 2004 final, which was a one-sided affair that included a double bagel.

Roger Federer defeated several legends like Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi

In the 2005 US Open final, Federer defeated yet another legend. He dispatched Andre Agassi with ease to win his second consecutive title.

Roger Federer at US Open. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Andy Roddick’s Grand Slam final hoodoo against Federer continued as he lost another Grand Slam final at the 2006 US Open final. Then, in 2007, we saw our first Djokovic-Federer final, which the Swiss Maestro won in straight sets.

We witnessed the first Murray-Federer final in 2008, which Federer won in no time. The 2008 triumph gave Federer his fifth consecutive US Open title, thus making him the first player to win five consecutive titles at two different Grand Slams.

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What is more fascinating is that in 2009 Federer again won Wimbledon, making it six titles in seven years. His win-loss record in this period was a whopping 48-1. At the US Open as well, Federer had a 41 match streak. The Swiss Maestro could have made it six titles in a row, but in the 2009 US Open final, a young Juan del Potro ended Federer’s streak.

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Thus, in addition to five consecutive titles, Federer is also the only player to have a 40-match win streak at two Grand Slams.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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