Roger Federer at Wimbledon has had some impressive wins, after making his first senior appearance at the The Championships in 1999 and losing that match in 5 sets. 18 years later – Federer is the joint highest winner at Wimbledon, claiming 7 titles to his name.
Here’s a recap of the legend’s top 5 Wimbledon matches to get you amused and prepared in time for the upcoming Wimbledon 2017.
1) Year: 2001
Opponent: Pete Sampras
Result: 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5
The year 2001 is remembered for this match very match at Wimbledon. It was a game changing year for the Swiss when a 19 year old, young prodigy defeated the 7-time Wimbledon champion, Pete Sampras in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2001.
Sampras who was looking for his 5th consecutive title, astonishingly fell prey to the young Swiss as he suffered his earliest exit of that decade. Sampras was left with nothing but praise for the 19 year old Federer. He said.”There are a lot of young lads who are coming up but Roger has a bit of that extra special in him. He has a great all round game and like me he isn’t much of an emotional guy and is a great athlete.”
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2) Year: 2003
Opponent: Mark Philippoussis
Result: 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
This was the day where Federer’s era at Wimbledon actually kick-started. 2003, the year that saw Federer crowned as the Wimbledon champ for the first time after humbling his Australian counterpart Mark Philippoussis in straight sets. Philippoussis managed to pressurise Federer, forcing him into two tie-breakers but never managed to pull off any wonders against a resilient Federer. The Swiss himself acknowledged the importance of this match in 2010 when he said,” It was just one of the greatest moments in my life.”
3) Year: 2007
Opponent: Rafael Nadal
Result: 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2
That was a time when Federer used to dominate the Spanish giant in the Wimbledon. The Swiss took an exhausting 5 sets to triumph over the Spaniard and win his 5th consecutive Wimbledon title since 2003. Only one man, in the previous century had managed to parallel the results and it was Bjorn Borg.
The legend of 20th century was himself present that day to celebrate Federer’s fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. He congratulated the Swiss post the match wherein He said,“I am really happy for you. It has been an honor for me to have such a run at Wimbledon myself. Not everyone has the potential to achieve it but Federer wasn’t one of that everyone.”
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4) Year: 2009
Opponent: Andy Roddick
Result: 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14
An epic 5-set brawl between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick took place in 2009. The match saw Federer play out a record 50 aces in a 5-set struggle where the Swiss played out 30 tiring games in the decider to overthrow Roddick to be crowned the champ.
The match marked a record 15th Grand Slam title, edging him past the legendary Pete Sampras. Federer expressed his delight post-match saying, ” I am very glad I broke the record on this very turf. It’s like I have completed a full circle, I started off here and broke the record here itself. There is nothing I can currently say to express my joy.”
Roger Federer vs Andy Roddick
5) Year: 2012
Opponent: Andy Murray
Result: 4-6 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
Federer last won on the London turf in 2012 when he dismantled the current World No. 1, Andy Murray to bag the title. The first 2 sets were evenly split between the two. But the game changer came in the 3rd set in its 6th game. The game saw the pair playing for 19 deuces with Federer eventually winning the clash with a strong forehand coupled with a delicious placement that saw Murray succumb to the legendary powerhouse.
The title marked the 17th Grand Slam title for the Swiss. He said, ” I have never been this happy before. It’s an honor for me to achieve such a mark on my favourite turf. Finally, I managed to equall the record of my idol, Pete Sampras. It just feels very amazing and refreshing.”
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