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The Insatiable Roger Federer Hopping Beyond 20 Grand Slams – This ‘GOAT’ Loves Not Only Grass!

Roger Federer With 20 Grand Slams
Roger Federer With 20 Grand Slams

When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up & FOR ME, IT’S TENNIS. – Roger Federer

 What superlatives can you use for a sports star who gets better and better with age?  That too who’s winning ‘Grand Slams after ‘Grand Slams’ at the age of 36.

Superman. GOAT (Greatest of All Times). Sports Maestro. Marvel.

Moreover, especially, he deserves every bit of adulation and praise. Notably, the praise came from the press and former champions.

AAP called Roger Federer a marvel and Pat Cash called him ‘unbelievable’.

So, how he made it possible? Let’s turn back time and take a look at some of the most memorable moments in every Grand Slam Roger Federer won.

20 Grand Slams Wins Featuring 20 Interesting Trivia

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1. Lost Only One Set In The Entire Tournament

  • 2003 – Wimbledon (Final)
  • Opponent – Mark Philippoussis (Australia)
  • Final Score –  7-6, 6-2, 7-6

The Swiss master produced a sensational win to take home his first Wimbledon (Grand Slam) with a massacre of fellow player Mark Philippoussis.

Moreover, Roger Federer, 21, did not shine much at any of the previous Grand Slams but in this edition, he clinched the victory.  However, Mardy Fish stole a set against Roger Federer in the third round. And other than that, he did not lose a set in the entire tournament. But, the unseeded Philippoussis’s chances of winning a Grand Slam came to an end.

Finally, the Swiss completed the formalities and completed what proved to be a mere formality.

2. Reached World Number 1 Ranking

  • 2004 – Australian Open
  • Opponent – Marat Safin (Russia)
  • Final Score – 7-6, 6-4, 6-2

With this win over his Russian rival Marat Safin, Roger Federer cemented his world number one ranking in style. Uniquely, Roger Federer won the second Grand Slam of his career after the 135 -minute final came to an end when Safin struck a long forehand.

On the contrary, Marat Safin who defeated Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick in the semis and quarters respectively, could not force a win against Roger Federer.

3. The First Grand Slam Final After 22 Years Featuring The World No.1 And World No.2

  • 2004 – Wimbledon
  • Opponent – Andy Roddick (America)
  • Final Score – 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4

Firstly, since 1982, this was the first final of Wimbledon that witnessed world no.1 and no.2 fighting for the trophy.

Even though not in complete control, Roger hit a nice shot that popped over, helping him set up a perfect backhand winner.

In fact, labelled as someone who stumbles at big tournaments, Roger Federer proved his critics wrong.

Finally, Federer emerged the winner in all his last eight encounters in the finals.

4. The Opponent Lost Two Sets Without Winning A Game

  • 2004 – US Open
  • Opponent – Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
  • Final Score – 6-0, 7-6, 6-0

The Swiss master produced a splendid and remarkable result to beat Australian Hewitt and take home his first US Open Cup. In particular, Hewitt marched into the US Open final on an assailable winning streak but Federer had other plans for him.

Meanwhile, Federer created a record for being the first man to win all his first Grand Slam cup match since Mats Wilander.

In essence, the Australian did his level best in delaying the inevitable but the champion Roger completed the formalities.

5. A Hat-Trick At The Grand Slams

  • 2005 – Wimbledon
  • Opponent – Andy Roddick (America)
  • Final Score – 6-2, 7-6, 6-4

In the first place, Roger Federer joined the likes of Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras as the third player to win three Grand Slams in a row.

Remarkably, Federer played peerless tennis making it a one-sided affair in the end. Moreover, a rain delay could not stop the Swiss who displayed strong skills to seal glory.

6. Wins Two Grand Slams Back To Back

  • 2005 – US Open
  • Opponent – Andre Agassi(America)
  • Final Score – 6-3, 2-6, 7-6,6-1

Andre Agassi, who lost the match said in the after match interview, “I think Roger is the best I’ve played against. To watch him evolve has been amazing.”

In other words, by beating Agassi Federer became the first player in the Open period to win two Grand Slams back to back.

With his sixth title, Federer moved on par with tennis legends Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker in the modern era.

7. Shares Record With Pete Sampras For Winning Three Consecutive Major Slams

  • 2006 – Australian Open
  • Opponent – Marcus Baghdatis (Cyprus)
  • Final Score – 5-7, 7-5, 6-0,6-2

Again, Roger Federer showed the difference between a great player and an ordinary player. However, the world number 1 got into serious trouble against the huge hitting Baghdatis.

Moreover, Baghdatis, world no. 54 was playing the most important match of his career against Federer who held 100% winning streak in all Grand Slam finals.

In essence, Roger became the second person after Pete Sampras to record three consecutive Major Slams titles.

8. Beats Rafael Nadal In The Grand Slam Final

  • 2006 – Wimbledon
  • Opponent – Rafael Nadal (Spain)
  • Final Score – 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3

Roger Federer after winning his eight Grand Slam title remarked, “ It’s an incredible feeling.” Especially, Roger Federer held Nadal to register a hard-fought win in the Wimbledon.

For record purpose, the Swiss became the third person after Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg to take home Wimbledon title four times consecutively.

9. A Super Champion In The Making

  • 2006 – US Open
  • Opponent – Andy Roddick (Spain)
  • Final Score – 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Firstly, Roger Federer became the very first person in the history of Tennis to win back to back Grand Slams (Wimbledon and US Open ) three times successively.

Therefore, by defeating Andy Roddick in an epic battle, he quickly entered the list of greats. But, the main highlight was the Golf legend Tiger Woods who watched the match from courtside.

10. Wins The Title Without Losing A Set

  • 2007 – Australian Open
  • Opponent – Fernando Gonzalez(Chile)
  • Final Score – 7-6, 6-4, 6-4

Certainly, the most prized player of his era, Roger recorded his tenth Grand Slam win over Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez.

In addition, after Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer became the second player since 1980 to win a Grand Slam without dropping a set.  With this match, he has so far played in record-breaking seven consecutive finals.

11. Wins Iconic Fifth Wimbledon Crown

  • 2007 – Wimbledon
  • Opponent – Rafael Nadal (Spain)
  • Final Score – 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2

Again, the Swiss maestro mimicked Bjorn Borg by recording his fifth consecutive Wimbledon titles but Rafael Nadal tried his level best.

Overall, a superb contest, the best match of the tournament, meanwhile the tournament was marred by scheduling nightmares and appalling weather.

12. No Longer Safe At The Top Spot

  • 2007 – US Open
  • Opponent – Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  • Final Score – 7-6, 7-6, 6-4

In spite of winning the 12th Grand Slam title of his career, Roger Federer’s position atop the pedestal remained shaky.

Uniquely, Novak Djokovic failed miserably to convert crucial points in the tie-breaks. Again, Roger Federer emerged victorious displaying tremendous mental strength.

13. Records Tumble – Fifth Consecutive Title At The US Open

  • 2008 – US Open
  • Opponent – Andy Murray (United Kingdom)
  • Final Score – 6-2, 7-5, 6-2

Not to mention, Federer created a new record to become the first player to win five consecutive US Open titles.   However, in the 1920s, Bill Tilden won the US Open title consecutively six times. On the whole, this was Roger Federer’s 13th Grand Slam title bringing him one step away from Pete Sampras.

14. Sixth Player In History And Also Levelled With Sampras For 14 Grand Slam Victories

  • 2009 – French Open
  • Opponent – Robin Soderling (Sweden)
  • Final Score –  6-1, 7-6, 6-4

Finally, Roger Federer defeated Robin Soderling to become the sixth player to win all the four major Grand Slams. Furthermore, he also equalled the record of 14 Grand Slam wins established by Pete Sampras.

Soderling playing in a major tournament like Grand Slam for the first time was no match for a master player like Roger Federer.

15. The First Player To Achieve A Whopping 15 Grand Slam Titles

  • 2009 – Wimbledon
  • Opponent – Andy Roddick (America)
  • Final Score – 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14

According to Pete Sampras, “ Roger Federer is a stud, an icon, and a legend.” With this gigantic win, this epic final became the longest match at any Grand Slam final.

Not to mention, this title match took around 4 hours and 16 minutes. In fact, Federer played one of his slowest games at the start of the final but later gathered speed and stamina.

16. Rocking Brilliance

  • 2010 – Australian Open
  • Opponent – Andy Murray (America)
  • Final Score – 6-3, 6-4, 7-6

In the first place, a nation’s nervous wait came to a halt on the Rod Laver Stadium with Roger Federer winning the 16th Grand Slam.

Unfortunately, Murray was United Kingdom’s finest bet after Fred Perry’s campaign in 1936 but Roger stood tall once again.

17. Better Luck Next Time Andy

  • 2012 – Wimbledon
  • Opponent – Andy Murray (United Kingdom)
  • Final Score –  4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

Again, in spite of a heroic clash against Roger Federer, Andy snatched a set, but Roger snatched the title.

In addition, the British fans were hoping for a Fred Perry moment, but a new William Renshaw in the form of Roger reached seven Wimbledon titles.

Overall, Andy remained the most competitive athlete who tried everything under his belt to win that elusive Grand Slam.

18. Roger Federer Once Again Proves His Greatness

  • 2017 – Australian Open
  • Opponent – Rafael Nadal (United Kingdom)
  • Final Score – 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Again, Roger Federer collected his 18th Grand Slam title after defeating the Spaniard in a sensational thriller.

Moreover, labelled as one of the vital matches of his tennis career, Roger Federer conquered his Spanish nemesis, Nadal.

Overall, the Swiss overcame a fifth set scare to clinch his 18th Major title after a wide gap of 5 years.

19. Win Record 8th Wimbledon Title

  • 2017 – Wimbledon
  • Opponent – Marin Cilic (Croatia)
  • Final Score – 6-3, 6-1, 6-4

Roger Federer stunned his opponent from Croatia to collect his 8th Major title and prove that age is just a number.

With history on his side, Roger Federer looked every bit fresh for the next major Grand Slam tournament, for another go.

20. 20 And Still Counting

  • 2018 – Australian Open
  • Opponent – Marin Cilic (Croatia)
  • Final Score – 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6,6-1

Of course, Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic to become the first person in the Open era to take home a whopping 20 Grand Slams.

Finally, Federer sounded more emotional and looked like he would burst into tears any moment now.

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