From 2017 Renaissance to World No.1 in 2004, Check the Top Australian Open Moments of Roger Federer

Published 01/26/2021, 6:57 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the championship trophy after Australian Open 2017 men’s final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at Rod Laver Arena, in Melbourne, Australia 29 January 2017. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Fans were desperately waiting for the Australian Open 2021 to see the return of Roger Federer on the court. However, the Swiss Maestro couldn’t recover on time and withdrew from the tournament. It was a heartbreaking moment for fans, as they now have to wait for some more time in order to watch the legend.

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Roger Federer and the Australian Open have many great memories together. He has been playing the Slam since 2000 and has won the title on six occasions. Revisit history and take a look at Federer’s top five moments at the Australian Open.

5. Australian Open 2010- First Grand Slam title as a father

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Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on after the men’s final match during day fourteen of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2010, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Fans will surely remember the Australian Open 2010 when Federer lifted his 16th Grand Slam title. A year before, they had seen him breaking down after Rafael Nadal defeated him in the finals of the Grand Slam.

This time, Federer was up against the in-form Andy Murray. What was brilliant was that Federer didn’t waste much time and defeated the British player in straight sets. The final scoreline of the match was 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.

It was a delightful moment for Federer, as he had also recently become the father of twins. In addition to this, it was his fourth Australian Open title too.

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4. Australian Open 2007- When Roger Federer won the Slam without dropping a set

2007 was certainly a special year for the Swiss Maestro. He managed to reach the finals of all four Grand Slams and won three out of them. Federer, unfortunately, couldn’t win the French Open that year as he lost to Rafa in the finals.

However, his year clearly began on high when Federer defeated Fernando Gonzalez in the finals of the Australian Open in straight sets. The final scoreline of the match was 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer won the title without dropping a single set at that Grand Slam. With this, he also became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a major without dropping a set in it. In addition, he also became the first man to accomplish this feat in the 21st century. However, after him, Nadal has managed to do so on four occasions – all coming at the Roland Garros.

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3. Australian Open 2018- When Federer lifted his 20th Grand Slam title

The Australian Open 2018 was certainly a special slam for Federer. It was here that he lifted his 20th Grand Slam title and became the first male player to do so in the history of tennis.

Playing against Marin Cilic in the finals, Federer won the match in the fifth set. The final scoreline of the match was 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Federer was 37 at that time, and to attain the special number of 20 would have surely been a great feeling for him.

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2. Australian Open 2004- When the hegemony of Roger Federer began

The Australian Open 2004 was also an exceptional Slam for Federer. It was after winning this that he became the World No. 1 player for the first time. It was his second Grand Slam title, and he never looked back after winning it.

Federer became the World No. 1 after winning the major and remained on the spot for the next 237 weeks. He still holds the record for staying at the top position for the most consecutive weeks. His reign finally came to an end in August 2008 when Rafa dethroned him and became the World No. 1.

In the finals, Federer was up against Marat Safin. He didn’t face any sort of difficulty in that match and won the final in straight sets. The final scoreline of the match was 7-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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1. Australian Open 2017- Roger Federer’s renaissance

Rafael Nadal of Spain congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland on winning their Men’s Final as Roger Federer holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup match on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The 2012-2017 period was sort of a drought period for Federer. After winning his 17th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2012, many fans claimed that Federer’s time was gone, and he was finished. In addition to this, Federer missed the entire 2016 season due to an unfortunate injury and was about to make a comeback at the Australian Open 2017.

Although he was 36 and was making a comeback when many said that his career was over, Federer was not done yet. He made a spectacular comeback and won the title by beating arch-rival Nadal in the finals. What was even more commendable was that Federer bounced back from a break down in the final set. The finals scoreline of the match was 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

It was surely Federer’s best moment, as he was able to show the world that he could still win titles. He led a beautiful campaign that year and won two Grand Slams after almost five years.

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These are some of the best moments that Federer has had at the Australian Open. Although he will be 40 next year, fans will hope that they’ll get to see him in Melbourne in 2022 as well.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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