WATCH: The Day Roger Federer Gave a Free Tennis Lesson

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January 10, 2021 3:30 pm

Tennis legend Roger Federer first turned professional in 1997. Ever since then, he’s been rewriting the history books. The dominance of the great Swiss began in 2003 when he won his first-ever Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Following his win, he earned his second major title at the Australian Open in 2004. 

Following this, he became the number 1 ranked player in the world for the very first time. Federer has obtained many records and accomplishments over the years, but holding the number 1 ranking for a record 237 consecutive weeks clearly highlights his dominance. Roger Federer has won 2 Grand Slam events for 5 consecutive years each. Beginning with Wimbledon (2003-2007) and the US Open (2004-2008). 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Roger Federer Schools Former French Open Champion

Like the many, the former World No.1 player has another interesting record belonging to his name. In 2005, during the season-ending finals in Shanghai, at that time, known as the Tennis Masters Cup, Roger Federer beat Gaston Gaudio 6-0 6-0. On hearing such a scoreline, one can imagine the sheer ruthlessness the Swiss displayed in his game against his opponent. 

Federer became the first player ever to register a double bagel in the Masters’ Cup. He barely showed any excitement as he walked towards his opponent at the end of the 50-minute match. Later, Roger stated, “It was nice. No more than that. It’s nice to have it.”

Gaudio was no pushover, as he qualified for the year-ending event and had tasted Grand Slam glory at Roland Garros in 2004. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for a practice during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Pressure on Federer for Title Number 21 in 2021

The 20-time Grand Slam Champion, Roger Federer, has decided to skip the 2021 Australian Open. He recently stated that he’s a 39-year-old, having 4 kids. He also indicated that 5 weeks away from his family during such a delicate time was unacceptable for him. 

His millions of fans from all over the world were hoping to see him at Melbourne. It appears the Swiss is targeting the Wimbledon Championships this year, in the bid the lift his 21st Grand Slam title and 9th at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. 

Also Read: When Roger Federer Called Novak Djokovic a ‘Joke’ for Disrupting Stan Wawrinka’s Rhythm

Rohan Kollare

Rohan Kollare is a tennis author at EssentiallySports and is based in Mumbai. Prior to this, he has studied Business Management before which he worked at Disney Hotstar in content operations. During his early years, Rohan used to play tennis at the state and district levels. He idolizes Roger Federer.

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