Defending Champion Roger Federer has majorly done extremely well at the Australian Open, having won 87% of his matches in Melbourne over the course of 17 years. Making his Australian Open Main Draw debut in 2000, the Swiss reached the Third Round then and has not lost before that stage ever. We take a look at Roger Federer at the Australian Open!
Win-loss record: 87-13
Prize Money: $11,346,061
CHAPTER 1 – The Foundation Years (2000-2003)
Making his Australian Open debut in 2000, the Swiss Maestro gradually rose in the rankings and kept improving his results over the first four years. From No.62 in the World to No.6 on the ATP Charts, Federer’s results saw him reach the Third and Fourth Round twice each.
Gaining vital experience with every passing Australian Open, big things were around the corner for the Swiss, who reached another gear in the next chapter.
Win-loss record: 10-4
Best Result: Fourth Round (2003, 2004)
CHAPTER 2 – Dominance (2004-2007)
What happened in these years was sheer brilliance from Federer who won three out of the four titles in Melbourne, reaching the Semi-Finals of the year he missed out on the title.
Beating Marat Safin (2004), Marcos Baghdatis (2006) and Fernando Gonzalez (2007), Federer was at his imperial best, dictating play from all parts of the court. At the peak of his career, there were few players who took a set from him, let alone challenging him.
Win-loss record: 26-1
Best Result: Winner (2004, 2006, 2007)
CHAPTER 3 – New Challengers (2008-2010)
With the emergence of young guns like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, Federer saw new challenges awaiting him. One Final, one Semi and one Title summarize this Chapter for Federer as he struggled against the Spaniard and the Serb while he managed dominating the Scot.
With new challengers coming into sight for Federer, could the Swiss raise the bar yet again or would these very challengers dethrone him?
Win-loss record: 18-2
Best Result: Winner (2010)
CHAPTER 4 – Failing to cope up with Young Guns (2011-2014)
There were serious contenders for the Australian Open Title in the three challengers we spoke about in the previous Chapter. The ‘Big 4’ was taking shape and the ‘Other 3’ were breathing down Federer’s throat right from the start.
Reaching the business end of all these years in Melbourne, Federer failed to cross the big hurdle of these three, losing to all three in different years and at the same stage.
Win-loss Record: 20-4
Best Result: Semi-finals (2011-2014)
CHAPTER 5 – Highlight in Twilight (2015-2017)
Ranked No.2 on the ATP Charts, Federer made his earliest exit at the Australian Open in over a decade when he bowed out in the Third Round to Andreas Seppi. Coming back stronger in 2016, he ran into Djokovic again, who defeated the Swiss in four sets and later went on to win his sixth Australian Open.
Sitting out of the 2016 season due to injury, Federer entered the 2017 Australian ranked No.17 in the World. Defeating Nadal in the finals and one of the best matches to have featured at the Australian Open, Federer won his fifth title in Melbourne and his amazing 18th Grand Slam.
Win-loss Record: 14-2
Best Result: Winner (2017)
What does 2018 have for the Swiss? Well only time will tell!