The most popular and prestigious tennis tournament Wimbledon is already underway is heading towards its spectacular finale. Wimbledon has come a long way from when it began in 1877 and is a home of iconic moments.
Talking about Wimbledon and not mentioning the legendary Swiss star Roger Federer won’t be fair. Federer has dominated Centre Court at Wimbledon for a decade and a half. Federer inspires a global devotion for tennis like no other sportsperson.
For the countless moments where Federer has shined, these are some of the greatest moments of Federer’s career at the Wimbledon Championships.
2003 final, the first for Federer
The first of Federer’s seven titles at Wimbledon is often forgotten. Because the final was only a formality (7-6, 6-3, 7-6). Roger Federer defeated Mark Philippoussis 7–6(7–5), 6–2, 7–6(7–3) in the final to win the Gentlemen’s Singles title at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships. It was Federer’s first Grand Slam tournament win. It was where the journey started.
2015 Semi-Final, Roger Federer destroys Andy Murray
The world of tennis had been calling the end of Roger Federer’s reign as the champion hadn’t qualified for the final in his last three Grand Slam tournaments played. But what happened at 2015 semi-finals gave a much-needed reply to the world. Federer thrashed Murray with his devilish serve. Murray was helpless and in the third set Murray shouted at his coaching team: ‘What do you want me to do?’ His 34-year old opponent, who afterward described this match as one of his best-ever performance.
The epic Nadal – Federer final in 2008
It is till date regarded as one of the greatest matches in the history of the game. In this epic battle, Federer and Nadal played one of the greatest games that the sport will ever see. After 4 hours and 48 minutes, Nadal dethroned Federer (6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7).
Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick, 2009 Wimbledon Final
Tennis is cruel sometimes especially when Federer is your opponent. This was the day when Andy Roddick’s serve was broken just the once, in the 77th game of a 77-game Wimbledon men’s final. Knocked around the court, the king of grass lost the first and third set quite logically and battled to win the two others (5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14; longest fifth set in terms of games played in a major final).
Roger Federer VS Pete Sampras – 2001
This was a game-changer. Swiss phenomenon Roger Federer ended Pete Sampras’ 31-match winning streak at Wimbledon in a fourth-round thriller in 2001. The five-set 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 victory over the seven-time champion marked the breakthrough of the then 19-year-old Federer.
2017 first-round, Federer passes 10,000 aces
Roger Federer passed the 10,000 career aces milestone in his first-round match at the 2017 Wimbledon. This reinforced his reputation as one of the finest servers of all time. The Maestro was playing against Alexandr Dolgopolov and Dolgopolov’s withdrawal after 43 minutes of playing time (the score was then 6-3, 3-0 in favor of the Swiss) enabled him to break the record of the number of Open Era Wimbledon wins which was held by Jimmy Connors (85 against 84).
Then with ten aces, Federer became just the third man to hit the 10,000 mark since 1991, when the ATP World Tour began tracking the metric, after Ivo Karlovic (12,062 aces to date) and Goran Ivanisevic (10,131) who has now retired.