T365 ranks Roger Federer’s Top 10 Grand Slam titles
Yes, we know it is #RF20 and it is now officially “20 times special” after Roger Federer won this year’s Australian Open, but surely everyone will agree that you can break it down to a Top 10 Grand Slam titles won by the Swiss Maestro?
His five-set victory over Marin Cilic on Sunday was pretty special so do read further to see if his 2018 journey makes the cut.
In case you were wondering, Federer has won 10% of all the Grand Slams played in the Open Era. That is staggering, but back to the top 10.
10. 2007 Australian Open
Roger Federer was in his prime in 2007. He arrived as the defending champion, blew everyone away and left with Grand Slam No 10.
“I almost shocked myself how well I played.”
And why wouldn’t you be when you win a major without dropping a set?
Jonas Bjorkman, Mikhail Youzhny, Novak Djokovic, Tommy Robredo, Andy Roddick and finalist Fernando Gonzalez were some of the men to feel the full wrath of Federer as he won his third title at Melbourne Park.
9. 2012 Wimbledon
After winning at least one Grand Slam every year since his first title in 2003, Federer went major-less for the first time in 2011.
Was this the end of the Swiss Maestro on the biggest stage? Has he been overtaken by the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray?
Federer answered all those questions with aplomb as he beat Djokovic in four sets in the semi-final before dashing Murray’s Grand Slam dreams with a similar scoreline in the final.
The win secured him his seventh Wimbledon title, matching Pete Sampras’ record and he also reclaimed the world No 1 ranking in the process.
8. 2017 Wimbledon
No of sets lost: 0. Seeds beaten: Marin Cilic (7), Tomas Berdych (11), Milos Raonic (6), Grigor Dimitrov (13), Alexander Zverev (27).
After his Australian Open success at the start of the year, it wasn’t really a surprise that Federer went on to win an historic eighth Wimbledon title, but the manner in which he dispatched his opponents was a sight to behold.
At 35-years-old, he still had way too much quality for his opponents and he became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the SW19 title without dropping a set.
7. 2003 Wimbledon
It was by no means a classic final, but your first time is always special and, as the BBC puts it, he “produced a tennis masterclass to claim his first Grand Slam title with a demolition of Mark Philippoussis”.
Just days after he dismantled Andy Roddick in the semi-finals, the 21-year-old Federer, sporting a stubble and ponytail, had way too much in his locker for the big-serving Australian.
His Wimbledon trophy was the start of his incredible fairytale.
6. 2004 US Open
When you beat the fourth seed 6–0, 7–6 (7–3), 6–0 in the US Open final, then it shows that you are a class above the field, and that’s exactly what Federer was in 2004 as he won three of the four Grand Slams with only the French Open missing from his collection.
This was the first time that Federer had made it past the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, but he did it with ease and the only time he was really tested was in the quarter-final by Andre Agassi as he needed five sets to beat the American.
Lleyton Hewitt arrived in the final on the back of a 16-match winning streak, but he was blown away by Federer.
“I’m very happy, I still can’t believe what I’ve done this year,” the champion said.
5. 2006 US Open
He arrived at Flushing Meadows as not only the defending champion, but also the favourite and it is easy to see why when you look at the stats.
Federer played in all four Grand Slam finals in 2006 and he only missed out on the French Open title after going down in four sets in the final against Nadal. In case you don’t want to work it out yourself, he played 28 Grand Slam matches and won 27.
Fifth seed James Blake (quarter-final) and Andy Roddick (final) were the only players who managed to take a set off him as he won his ninth Grand Slam.
4. 2007 Wimbledon
By 2007 the Fedal rivalry was in full flow and that year’s Wimbledon decider was the fourth Grand Slam final that they faced each other with Nadal winning the 2006 and 2007 French Opens and Federer taking the two SW19 titles.
He claimed a fifth straight Wimbledon title to match Bjorn Borg, taking three hours and 45 minutes to win 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 6–2 to secure the win. It was also the Swiss star’s 54th consecutive victory on grass.
“Each one is special but to play a champion like Rafa, it means a lot and equalling Bjorn’s record as well,” Federer told BBC Sport.
3. 2009 Wimbledon
Just weeks after winning at Roland-Garros for the first, Federer was looking for the French Open-Wimbledon double, something which is considered one of the toughest feats in tennis and had been done by only two players at the time: Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal.
He breezed through the opening week and Ivo Karlovic and Tommy Haas were no match for him in the quarter-final and semi-final.
But he came up against a resilient Andy Roddick in the final and they served up one for the ages as it took four hours and 16 minutes to complete with Federer winning 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 16–14.
The win moved him ahead of Pete Sampras’s Grand Slam tally of 14.
2. 2017 Australian Open
After going through a barren Grand Slam spell of nearly five years, many wondered if his time was up, especially after he missed the latter stages of the 2016 season due to injury.
However, he arrived Down Under fresh as a daisy and went all the way.
Being ranked 17th meant he faced Tomas Berdych in the third round, but the Czech was beaten in straight sets before he required five sets to see off fifth seed Kei Nishikori. His semi-final was another classic as he beat Stan Wawrinka in another five-set classic.
And then there was the final. Fedal back on the same court again and battling for a Grand Slam.
They produced another epic with Federer coming out on top of the 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 match to secure his 18th Grand Slam title.
1. 2009 French Open
This was another final that perhaps didn’t live up to expectation, but Federer proclaimed after the match that “this was my greatest victory”.
And why wouldn’t it be as the French Open was the last major missing from his Grand Slam collection and with the win he became only the sixth man in history to win all four Slams.
He added: “I can now go the rest of my career without worrying that I would never win the French Open.”
Federer’s path to victory was of course made easier when Swede Robin Soderling stunned the King of Clay Nadal in four sets in the fourth round, but those who think he had an easy run are mistaken.
He took four sets to beat Jose Acasuso in the second round, four to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu in the third round, five to beat Tommy Haas in the fourth round, three to beat Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals and a five-set thriller to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals.
No wonder he ranked it as his best at the time.
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