Has Roger Federer Won Wimbledon Championships Without Dropping a Set?

Published 06/15/2021, 9:13 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the trophy after the Gentlemen’s Singles final against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Roger Federer is the king of grass and has won the most number of titles on grass. Wimbledon Championships is the only grass-court Grand Slam and hence Federer reigns supreme there with a mammoth eight titles, including five titles in a row between 2003 and 2007. But it was his last title in 2017 that is the definition of domination as he won that without dropping a set.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates with the Wimbledon trophy. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

When has Roger Federer won Wimbledon Championships without dropping a set?

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In 2017, Federer won Wimbledon by defeating Marin Cilic in the final. He won the final easily and completed the Grand Slam without dropping a set. En route to the title, he defeated the likes of Cilic, Berdych, and Dimitrov without dropping a set.

Incidentally, Federer is the only player in history to win a Wimbledon title without dropping a set as a junior and as a professional. His Junior Wimbledon title in 1998 saw him sweep through the field.

“I always believed that I could maybe come back and do it again. And if you believe, you can go really, really far in your life, and I did that. And I’m happy I kept on believing and dreaming, and here I am today for the eighth. It’s fantastic,” Federer said upon winning his eighth Wimbledon title.

2003-2005 Wimbledon Championships: Federer drops four sets in total

In Federer‘s first Wimbledon triumph, Federer had dropped just a single set, which was taken by Mardy Fish in the third round. In 2004, Federer lost two sets, first against Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals and later against Andy Roddick in the final.

In 2005, Federer again dropped just one set against Nicolas Kiefer in the third round. That year he swept past the likes of Juan Carlos Ferrero, Lleyton Hewitt, and Andy Roddick again.

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2006 and 2007 Wimbledon Championships: Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal

At the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, Federer played first of the three finals against rival Rafael Nadal. He lost the only set of the tournament against the Spaniard in the final. In 2007, Federer for the first time dropped more than two sets at Wimbledon since 2003. He dropped one against Ferrero in the quarterfinals and two against Nadal in the final.

Roger Federer with Andy Roddick. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

2009 and 2012 Wimbledon Championships: Roger Federer’s gritty title triumphs

At Wimbledon 2009, Federer again dropped three sets. One against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round and two against Roddick in the marathon final. Federer’s next Wimbledon title came in 2012, where he dropped a record 5 sets.

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First, he dropped two sets against Julien Benneteau in the third round, one set against Xavier Malisse in the fourth round, one set against Novak Djokovic in the semifinal, and one set against Andy Murray in the final.

Where else has Roger Federer won a Grand Slam without dropping a set?

Wimbledon 2017 was just the second time Federer had won a Grand Slam without dropping a set. Earlier he had won the 2007 Australian Open title without dropping a set. It was during this tournament that Federer faced Djokovic for the first time at a Grand Slam. Federer was the last person to not drop a set en route to a title in Melbourne.

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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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