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Roger Federer: Reliving his maiden victories at each Major

Roger Federer with his first Major title at Wimbledon 2003

It’s almost been 14 long years (Wimbledon 2003) since Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam. Intrigued to further dig into this matter, I decided to write a piece on the Swiss’ First Title Runs at all the Majors.

 

It was 2001 when Federer officially announced his arrival on the big stage, defeating Pete Sampras in the Fourth Round of Wimbledon. 2 years hence, the Swiss won the First Major of his career at the very same venue, outclassing Mark Philippoussis in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(3). Later on in his career he went on to add 6 more Titles at the hallowed surface of the All England.

We also know that he has already won the Australian Open 5 times, French Open once and the US Open 5 times. But to accomplish what he has till date, he had to start from the bottom and there was a first time at all Grand Slam. So walk down the memory lane with me to relive those magical moments that most of us have forgotten about!

 

Wimbledon (2003):

Roger Federer with the 2003 Wimbledon Trophy

No. of appearances before winning the First Title: 4

Sets Lost en route to First Title: 1

Finals Opponent: Mark Philippoussis

Finals Score: 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(3)           

ATP Ranking: 5

Federer opened his Grand Slam account at the Oldest Grand Slam Event by defeating the Australian, who was ranked No.48 then. Coming into this match after an impressive straight sets victory over Andy Roddick, Federer was duly tested in the First Set by the Scud. The Swiss adopted the serve and volley game plan which worked out very well for him.

 

Australian Open (2004):

Roger Federer with the Australian Open 2004 TrophyNo. of appearances before winning the First Title: 4

Sets Lost en route to First Title: 2

Finals Opponent: Marat Safin

Finals Score: 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2                

ATP Ranking: 2

The Title that helped Federer start his reign as the World No.1 came in Melbourne when he defeated Russian Marat Safin in straight sets. He played some amazing tennis throughout the 2 weeks dropping just a set each to Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian. The Russian had to be tired as he had played 3 five set matches along with 3 four setters and Federer made the most of it.

 

US Open (2004):

Roger Federer with the US Open 2004 TrophyNo. of appearances before winning the First Title: 4

Sets Lost en route to First Title: 3

Finals Opponent: Lleyton Hewitt

Finals Score: 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-0                

ATP Ranking: 1

By far the most dominating victory in a Grand Slam Final for Federer proved to be his First US Open victory. Absolute annihilation was something that comes to mind if someone tries recollecting the 2004 US Open Final.

 

French Open (2009)

Federer with the 2009 French Open TitleNo. of appearances before winning the First Title: 10

Sets Lost en route to First Title: 6

Finals Opponent: Robin Soderling

Finals Score: 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4                

ATP Ranking: 2

After 10 tries, it was lucky eleven for Federer as he completed his Career Grand Slam by winning the French Open after reaching his Fourth Consecutive Finals in Paris. He took on Robin Soderling, the man who took out Rafael Nadal in the Fourth Round that year.

This was probably Federer’s easiest chance for the Title and made the most of it as he overwhelmed the Swede in straight sets to become the 6th Man to win all the Four Majors.

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