ROGER FEDERER had conquered 127 other men to stand alone on the second Sunday of the Australian Open 2018, for 20 times in his illustrious career. At 36 years 173 days, Roger Federer also became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title since Ken Rosewall in 1972, when he won in Australia in 2018.
Over the past decade and a half, Federer has achieved feats that nobody dreamt about. He has shattered records every time he has stepped onto the tennis court, carrying his customary mojo.
Experts have written almost everything there is to write about him and still continue to bow down to his greatness and even the finest of them sometimes fall short to describe this legendary tennis athlete.
Out of the numerous achievements that Roger Federer has in his historical career, we take a look at the 10 most important ones. These career achievements mattered the most in Federer’s journey from a boy to a legend. They have also cemented his place as the greatest ever to grace the courts.
Career Achievements of Federer :
#10. 237 Consecutive Weeks
#9. Olympics Doubles Gold and Singles Silver
The 2016 season was probably his last shot to get the gold medal in singles tennis. Something that had always eluded him in his career. However, who knows, he might stray long enough till the time Tokyo is around. But Federer can still look back at his journey at the biggest sporting extravaganza without any regrets.
In 2008, Federer added an Olympic medal to his illustrious trophy cabinet. The Swiss teamed up with his friend Stanislas Wawrinka for the Beijing Olympics and won the gold in men’s doubles.
The Swiss pair beat Sweden’s Thomas Johansson and Simon Aspelin 6-3,6-4,6-7,4-7,6-3 in the final showdown.
Stan’s backhands and Federer’s ground-strokes helped the duo dominate the match. It was a significant win for Federer in his career that year, after he lost to Nadal in finals at Wimbledon.
Federer said “It’s a magical moment. Something incredible in my career.”
Federer then returned to the Olympics in 2012, where he bagged the Silver in singles. Andy Murray outdid the 20-times Grand Slam champion in straight sets in the finals. But Federer was mighty pleased with his performance at the All England Club. He also played against Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinals. That match was the longest three-set match of the open era.
#8. Three Slams in the calendar year – three times
Federer became the first man in tennis history to win three Slams in the calendar year thrice in his career in 2004, 2006, 2007 (Australian Open, Wimbledon Championships, and the US Open). This was a huge achievement and nobody is close to matching it.
Federer also became the first man ever to defend all his three majors the next year. He defended his Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles of 2006.
#7. Wimbledon Domination, 5 Consecutive Titles
When Federer won his first major in 2003 at the hallowed greens, many predicted that he would go on to capture another. Well, he did. Not just one more, but 4 more in the next four years.
Federer now stood as one of the greatest grass-court players ever- only next to Sampras.
But after winning his eighth Wimbledon in 2017 and making it to 11 finals at Centre Court, Federer has proved that he is undoubtedly the greatest grass-court player ever.
#6. Davis Cup (2014)
A 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win by Roger Federer finally helped his country to win the Davis Cup. Another moment that made Federer shed tears of joy, and something that he could take pride in, once he reflects back on his glorious career.
“I didn’t need this to tick off the boxes.” said the 20-times Grand Slam winner after winning the most important team trophy of the game.
A tearful Federer said, “I’m happy I was able to stay calm; this one was for the boys”.
Federer was doubtful to compete in the last rubber due to his back issues, but he managed to put on clinical performance and dispose of the challenge of Frenchman Richard Gasquet and created another chapter in the history books with an inch-perfect winner.
#5. US Open – 5 consecutive titles
Roger Federer has dominated the American hard-court like no other player in history. From 2004-2008, Federer demolished everyone who stood on the other side of the net at Flushing Meadows.
Federer also became the first man in the open era to win his first four slam finals, when he won his first US Open crown beating Andy Roddick in 2004. He could have taken his record a step further by winning in 2009 but lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in the finals.
#4. Most weeks as the WORLD NO. 1, 17th Major
#3. 15th Grand Slam title
The heartbreak of 2008 final was still fresh as Federer returned to the Centre Court to face Andy Roddick, a third time in the Wimbledon Final. Roddick won a tight first set and led 6-1 in the second set tie-break. That’s when Federer showed his class and with the help of a missed volley from the American, Federer came back to take that set.
However, the match became an all-time classic because of the final set. Roddick and Federer were battling for supremacy, holding onto their serves. Federer made it 15-14 and Roddick had to yet again serve to keep his Wimbledon dreams alive. It was after a staggering 77 games Andy Roddick’s serve was finally broken for the first time in the match and Federer’s ecstasy knew no bounds. A perfect moment to capture! Watched by the legendary Pete Sampras himself sitting in the Royal Box Federer surpassed Pete’s record of 14 majors.
#2. 18th Grand Slam Title
Federer’s 17th came way back in 2012 and since then he has been awfully close to grabbing his next. Losing twice in Wimbledon final and once in US Open final- all of them to Novak Djokovic, it looked like the Serb was never going to let him win the elusive eighteenth. And when Novak was upset early in the rounds, Federer was blown away too 2014 US Open SF & 2016 Wimbledon SF and the world could sense time running out for this legend.
In 2016, he underwent surgery but failed to recover completely and had to call off his season after his Wimbledon exit to Milos Raonic. Six months later, seeded 17th, Roger Came out at this year’s Australian Open as an underdog and his best run was predicted to be a defeat at the hands of Murray in quarters. But as fate would have it, we got lucky enough to watch another Fedal in a major final.
Federer and his numbers against Rafa were terrible, it was the toughest matchup he could have asked for in the final and he was never considered a favorite entering this one. But Federer took the challenge and produced some inspired tennis to create history. Winning 6-4, 3-6,6-1,3-6,6-3 after being down a break in the decider.
He, now, is the only man to have won three different slams 5 times each. This was surely his greatest win in a major final.
(Special Mentions)- 6 ATP World Tour Finals, 5 Year-End No. 1
His domination at this event is a clear sign of his superiority among his competitors.
The Swiss legend is the only player to win consecutive ATP World Tour Finals on three occasions. He is also the only man to win it without losing a single match – a feat achieved 5 times out of 6.
Roger Federer also joined Connors and Sampras when he ended the year as the no.1 player for the 5th time in his career. (2004-07, 2009)
#1. Roland Garros Champion
This was it. The single greatest thing that Federer had ardently wished for. To be crowned as the champion of Paris. He finally lived his dream and was reduced to tears by the magnitude of it.
Roger Federer has only been stopped by one man over the past four years- Rafael Nadal. Federer made it to the final yet again in 2009, but this time he was up against Robin Soderling after having lost all previous finals in French Open to Nadal
Soderling was riding the highest wave of his career becoming the first man to beat Nadal in Paris. Had it been Nadal vs Federer in the final, maybe Federer would have suffered another heartbreak.
Federer was finally destined to clinch the only major trophy that he had failed to kiss. It was a trophy that probably would’ve given him nightmares. You cannot be called the greatest if you have failed to win all majors!
Roger Federer defeated Soderling 6-1,7-6, 6-1 and 6-4. and as soon as Soderling hit the Federer serve in the net. The Swiss dropped to his knees, with tears rolling down his eyes – both of joy and sheer relief.
“This was my greatest victory,” said Federer.
“It takes away so much pressure. Now, I can play in peace for the rest of my career.
“Nobody will tell me again that I have not won Roland Garros. It’s nice to be up here on the podium as a winner this time.”
Bonus. 100 Career Titles
Roger Federer is also the second player to breach the 100 career titles bracket. He only just achieved this target after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. Only Jimmy Connors lies ahead of him on 109 career titles.
It was the greatest achievement of Federer’s career, many would argue. That Roger Federer got lucky – due to Nadal being knocked out but you cannot deny. The fact that this legend deserved to hold aloft the Coupe des Mousquetaires.
After giving so much to the game over so many years. The time that Federer had a reward- to be crowned as the French Open Champion!
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