Those who read the previous post which focused on Roger Federer’s popularity will have some understanding as to why the sportsman is admired by many, including avid fan Yusuf Alireza.
In this post, we take a look at some of Federer’s most career defining achievements as we charter his rise to becoming the greatest tennis player of all time.
2004: World Number One
Federer first became world number one in 2004 at the tender age of 22. Incredibly, he went on to hold the title until 2007 and would re-gain the honour in 2009. Overall, the Swiss star spent an impressive 302 weeks as world number one – 237 of which were consecutive. This is the longest a men’s tennis player has ever held the prestigious title.
2007: Three Grand Slams in One Year for the Third Time
For most, winning one Grand Slam in a year is an amazing achievement. Only a few recent and great tennis players have managed to win three in the space of 12 months. These include Rafael Nadal in 2010 and Novak Djokovic in 2011. But, only Federer has gone on to win three Grand Slams in one year three times over in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
2009: The Greatest Grand Slam Player Ever
Federer’s victory over Andy Roddick in the 2009 Wimbledon final didn’t only mark his sixth championship win but also his fifteenth Grand Slam title. This figure surpassed Pete Sampras’s record 14 wins, cementing Federer’s place as the greatest Grand Slam player of all time. Since then, Federer has won a further two Grand Slams, taking his record number to 17.
2015: Tenth Wimbledon Men’s Final
In 2015, Federer became the only player to reach 10 Wimbledon finals. This achievement began in 2003 when he stormed to victory against Mark Philippousis. Since then he has triumphed against other tennis greats including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Of the 10 finals, Federer has won an impressive 7 winning titles, which makes him tied all-time Wimbledon champion alongside William Renshaw and Pete Sampras. More impressively, 5 of those victories were consecutive – from 2003-2007.
These moments of glory contribute to Federer’s long and successful career, which has seen many victories over the years. By looking at these notable achievements, it is easy to see why Federer is considered to be the overall best tennis champion.