The greatest Grand Slam wins of Roger Federer
Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players the world has seen. He has a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player.
He has won eight Wimbledon titles, six Australian Open crowns, five US Open titles, and one French Open title. But which are his greatest Grand Slam triumphs. Let’s have a look.
2007 US Open
If Nadal is master of clay, Federer could be called the king of hard court. He recorded his fourth successive US Open triumph in 2007 and followed it next year as well. But the 2007 US Open win could be easily the best Grand Slam win of his career.
He was dominating throughout. He defeated the tournament’s top-5 seeds in the quarterfinals, semi-final, and final. And he defeated them all in straight sets. In the final, he defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-6, 6-4.
2017 Australian Open
Federer had gone without a Grand Slam win for five years and looked to have lost his magic on the tennis court.
But in 2017 Australian Open final, he met his old rival Nadal. Although Nadal is considered a clay champ, he gave his all on the hard court of Australian Open.
The two fought tooth and nail, taking the match to the fifth set where Federer prevailed 6-3. Federer defeated Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3. Federer said he wished the match was a draw.
Federer won his first Grand Slam in 2003 Wimbledon. He showed his brilliance in the semi-final where he ousted Andy Roddick to win the biggest match of his career till then.
In the final against Mark Philippoussis, he lost the first set before rallying to win the next two and the championship. He defeated Philippoussis 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(3) in the final. A young Federer with a pony tail, kissing the trophy is the highlight of the tournament.
2009 French Open
Federer has won all Grand Slams except French Open till 2009. On his previous three appearances in the French Open finals, he was knocked out by Rafael Nadal, the king of clay.
But fortunately for Federer, Soderling defeated Nadal enroute to the final. But Federer didn’t have it easy in the final. He lost the first set embarrassingly by a 6-1 margin, before fighting tooth and nail to level in the second set 7-6.
He then edged past Soderling 6-0 in third set to record the first and only French Open title of his career.
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