Tribute to the "GOAT" of the sport- Roger Federer
Roger Federer dropped curtains on his illustrious trophy-laden career on Friday evening as he bid adieu to professional tennis. A trophy cabinet glittered with eight Wimbledon titles, six Australian Open titles, five US Open titles, and solitary French Open, Federer will go down as one of the game's greats.
The Swiss Maestro in his 24-year-long career achieved several accolades, some of which look almost impossible to repeat. With an eye on Federer’s glorious years in the tennis fraternity here are some of his records that look impossible to break.
237 Weeks top of ATP Rankings
From February 2004 to August 2008 Federer was the No 1 ranked tennis player in the men’s division that spanned a total of 137 consecutive weeks. The record is unlikely to be broken as players even at their highest order will need to be ultra-consistent. During this spell, he won the Wimbledon title five years in a row, the US Open four times, and the Australian Open three times. His achievement is registered by the Gunnies Book of World Records and is yet to be breached.
10 Consecutive Grand Slam finals
A record 10 consecutive Wimbledon finals from Wimbledon 2005 to US Open 2007 will sound astonishing to any tennis fan. Incredibly had it not been for the Australian Open 2008 semifinal exit, Federer would have taken that tally to an incredible 20. He played in 20 out of the 21 Grand Slam finals from Wimbledon 2005 to the Australian Open 2010, which sounds inhuman.
Oldest Player to be World No 1
Approaching his 37th birthday, Federer’s age was just another number as he roused to World No 1 ranking. At 36 years and 320 days, Federer became the oldest World No 1 tennis player in 2018, just months after winning his last Grand Slam title in February when he clinched the Australian Open.
369 Grand Slam matches
Throughout the course of his career, Roger Federer played in 369 Grand Slam matches which is the highest for any player. Although Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are in contention with more than 300 wins, it highly looks unlikely that Federer’s tally will be breached.
Winning a Grand Slam consecutive times and that too twice
Winning a Grand Slam takes valiant effort, winning a Grand Slam twice will be share determination but winning a Grand Slam for five consecutive years in two different cities takes share passion. From 2003 to 2007 Federer won five consecutive Wimbledon titles; from 2004 to 2008 he won five consecutive US Open titles, making him the only club man to achieve that accolade.
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