Roger Federer is celebrating. The Swiss genius turns 39 and he does so as the owner of several records in tennis history. The talented Basel player owns the top marks of 20 Grand Slam titles and 310 weeks as world No. 1. You can list many epic records and this is the review of ten great moments in his career, today being the N ° 4 of the ATP ranking.
1- The first title, in Milan 2001
After his successes as a junior, with a Grand Slam celebration and the world No. 1 in the category in 1998, that season began to prove itself among the majors. In February 2001 he gave himself the first great pleasure as a professional, when he obtained his first ATP, when he celebrated in Milan, playing at that time in a synthetic folder. He beat Goran Ivanisevic and Yevgeny Kafelnikov and closed with victory over Julien Boutter. The peculiarity is that, of its 103 current titles, that was the only one in Italy.
2- The first Grand Slam, at Wimbledon 2003
After winning his first match on grass, in Halle, he doubled in 2003 on grass at no less than Wimbledon. Two years before he had warned on the lawn of La Catedral with his bombshell against Pete Sampras, who was the winner of that Major. The Swiss defeated Andy Roddick in the semi and Mark Philippoussis in the very final. To think that he finally broke the Sampras mark, with Federer now the owner of the title records at Wimbledon, with eight. In addition, he is the biggest winner in that tournament, with 101 victories in singles.
3- It was for the first time N ° 1 ATP, in 2004
The Helvetian was climbing, he won in 2003 the first of the record of six ATP final Masters and already in the 2004 Australian Open he achieved a success that exceeded what was the first celebration in Melbourne and his second Grand Slam, since it served him to advance for the first time to the throne of the ranking. He beat Marat Safin in the final, after two victories over Top 10, to overtake Roddick and become No. 1 in the world. That is why that conquest was so special. What’s more, that was the first season in which he won three Grand Slams on the calendar, as he later won at Wimbledon and won the first of his five US Open in a row.
4- 2006, his almost perfect season
Federer had many dreamed of years, with quantity and quality of unforgettable triumphs, but without a doubt in 2006 he shone fully. That year he achieved his highest marks for titles, with 12, and for victories, with 92. Meanwhile, he only gave up in five games, with four defeats at the hands of Rafael Nadal, all in finals. The plus of the Swiss was that for the first time he beat the Spanish in a Major final, at Wimbledon. That campaign in London he lost just one set, with Nadal in the definition. In 2006, he had the luxury of playing all four Grand Slam finals in the same season for the first time in his life.
5- He completed the career Grand Slam in 2009
There are tournaments and moments that are burned into the memory of a player and his fans. Federer had just lost three finals in a row to Nadal, the king of clay, at Roland Garros, until he was finally able to win the title in Paris. With his archrival out in the round of 16, the Swiss made his way through the table with some ups and downs and ended up beating Robin Soderling without problems in the decisive duel. Thus, he completed the career Grand Slam, being the sixth man to complete that feat. As the icing on the cake, he equaled Sampras with a record 14 Majors in their showcases.
6- He became the top Grand Slam champion
Immediately after his only coronation at Roland Garros, the Basel right-hander shone again at his second home, Wimbledon, to achieve the feat of his 15th Grand Slam title at La Catedral and thus break the record of 14 that Sampras had. So 2009 was a historic season for Federer and tennis in general. Those two milestones left their big mark. To top it off, he claimed the title by beating Roddick in an electrifying marathon final, scoring 16-14 in the fifth set. And with Sampras, precisely, in the official box of the All England …
7- The conquest of the Davis Cup for Switzerland
In 2014, after some irregular years on the tour, Federer gave himself a special treat. With Stan Wawrinka as an ally, whom Roger considered key in the final in France, he was finally able to lift the mythical Davis Cup. It was a particular victory for the greatest king of the Grand Slam, and it was also the only conquest of Switzerland in the history of the main world tournament for tennis teams. As a corollary, he defined the final with a magical drop against Richard Gasquet. Thus, he achieved the cup that had already been raised by his greatest rivals, Nadal and also Novak Djokovic.
8- He was reborn at the Australian Open 2017
For the first time in his career, Federer had a forced six-month layoff due to injury, missing the second half of 2016. He slipped down the ATP rankings and made a full comeback, beating big names and coming back in an epic battle against Nadal, precisely, in the grand final in Melbourne. The Swiss fell 3-1 in the fifth set, but recovered with his great version of the improved backhand, being much more aggressive and daring, to win five games in a row and win the 2017 Australian Open. It was his first Grand Slam won after four and a half years, since Wimbledon 2012, to come out of the 17 majors.
9- The time of the 20th Grand Slam, current record
From that memorable return in January 2017, through his record of the eighth title at Wimbledon, the Australian Open came again to see Federer in a win-win version. In 2018, the Swiss beat Marin Cilic in the final, like a few months before in London, to become the only male with two dozen Grand Slam cups in tow. Federer achieved his 20th Major in this way and became the oldest Grand Slam champion at 36.5 years. Undoubtedly, an extra pearl for those who are considered by many to be His Majesty. That season he alternated as No. 1, was the oldest at the top and set the highest mark in 310 weeks as king.
10- Surpassed 100 titles in singles
The Swiss finished 2018 with that record in Majors in tow and was with a mark of 99 official titles in singles. In Dubai, Federer beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the definition and reached the centenary figure. But not satisfied with that, he exceeded 100 in Miami. He suffered by losing a terrible final with two match points in favor to Djokovic at Wimbledon. But he still continued with the harvest: he managed to reach his personal record of 10 crowns in the same tournament, on the grass of Halle, to later copy it on the hard and indoor court of his native Basel. Thus, in his city he has the top mark for the finals of a man in the same contest, with 15. Now he has 103 cups and is six from Jimmy Connors’ historical record of 109.