Swiss master Roger Federer is back to his number one position & becomes the oldest man in ATP History to do so, his increasing age is not decreasing his hunger to win more. As 36-year young Federer becomes World no.1 again, we look at some Golden moments of his career :
20. Defeating Pete Sampras
Roger Federer, a lesser known name by then & only 19 years old defeated the big name Pete Sampras in his own backyard to create a storm in tennis world. Sampras had won the tournament seven times prior to that day & it was really a shocker for the American.
19. Winning First Grand Slam Title
Wimbledon 2003 turns out to be the first major Title Federer won by defeating Mark Philippoussis in the finals. Till now, he has won record eight Wimbledon titles with the most recent one coming in 2017 where he got the better of Marin Cilic in the finals.
18. Federer Dethrones Andy Roddick to become No.1
Swiss maestro lift his first Australian Open Title in 2004 & ousted Andy Roddick from his world no.1 position & after 14 years too his Australian Open Title has helped him to be on top of the world.
17. Federer Marries Mirka
Federer’s marriage with his long term girlfriend Mirka, was a golden moment too for the Swiss in his career.
16. First Grand Slam Title as a Father
Federer went on to win his first Australian Open Title in 2010 after becoming father, where he defeated Andy Murray in the finals. He was a father to his twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva when he clinch the title.
15. Number of Weeks As World No.1
You want to look at Roger Federer’s dominance? Look at his numbers, he has spent 303 weeks on top of the tennis world. In addition to that, he also holds the record for the number of consecutive weeks as world no.1 (237 weeks).
14. Winning Olympic Gold
Federer won his first & only Gold medal in Beijing Olympics 2008, that too in men’s doubles category with team mate Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss duo defeated Sweden’s Thomas Johansson and Simon Aspelin in the doubles finals.
13. Federer’s unbeaten run on Grass
Another incredible record Federer holds is the longest winning streak on grass in open era. He won 65 matches back to back from 2003 to 2008. The Spaniard Rafael Nadal broke Federer’s dominance on grass in the Wimbledon finals in 2008.
12. Defeating Rafa in Hamburg
Federer’s victory over Rafael Nadal in Hamburg had its own significance as it ended the unbeaten run of Nadal on clay. The Spaniard came into the match with a record 81 consecutive victories on clay & was beaten in the Hamburg finals 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 by Federer,
11. Defeating Julien Benneteau from two sets down
Roger Federer came back strongly from the jaws of defeat to beat Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the round of 32 of Wimbledon Championships 2012. After the win, he lifted yet another title by defeating home favorite Andy Murray in the title-clash.