Ten landmark matches in the career of Roger Federer | Tennis News

Roger Federer has said he will retire from competitive tennis after next week’s Laver Cup in London. Here are 10 notable matches from the 20 times Grand Slam championship career:
2001: WIMBLEDON VICTORY OVER SAMPRAS
A 19-year-old Federer announced himself to the world by ending Pete Sampras’ 31-game winning streak at Wimbledon in the fourth round.
Prior to that defeat, Sampras had lost just once in eight years at the All England club, amassing a record equaling seven men’s crowns between 1993 and 2000.
2003: WIMBLEDON FINAL AGAINST PHILIPPOUSSIS
Federer defeated towering Australian Mark Philippoussis to win his first Grand Slam title, becoming the tournament’s first Swiss men’s singles champion.
2004: US OPEN FINAL AGAINST HEWITT
Federer beat Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-0 in the final for his first US Open title. His win at Flushing Meadows came after triumphs at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, making him the first man since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three majors in one season.
2008: WIMBLEDON FINAL AGAINST NADAL
Rafael Nadal ended Federer’s bid for a sixth straight Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(8), 9-7 win in a final that lasted almost five hours.
There were two rain breaks and the contest ended in waning light, ending Federer’s 65-game winning streak at Wimbledon and his hopes of overtaking Bjorn Borg’s five straight titles.
2009: AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL AGAINST NADAL
Nadal denied Federer a record 14th Grand Slam singles crown at the Australian Open with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 victory in a final thrilling on the blue hard court in Melbourne.
2009: FRENCH OPEN FINAL AGAINST SODERLING
Federer lifted the trophy at Roland Garros for the first time after beating Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4. The Swiss had lost three consecutive Grand Slam finals to Nadal on clay before facing Soderling, who helpfully ousted the Spaniard in the fourth round.
With this victory, Federer completed the career Grand Slam and equaled Sampras’ record of 14 Major crowns.
2014: WIMBLEDON FINAL AGAINST DJOKOVIC
Federer was denied a record eighth Wimbledon title when Djokovic beat him 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 in a thrilling final at the All England Club. In an emotional fightback, the Swiss forced a fifth set after leading 5-2 in the fourth, but couldn’t make it count in the end.
2017: AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL AGAINST NADAL
Returning from a six-month injury layoff, Federer clinched his first Grand Slam title in four and a half years with a thrilling 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6- 3 against Nadal.
At 35, Federer became the oldest player to win a major title since Australian Ken Rosewall won at Melbourne Park in 1972 at the age of 37.
2018: AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL AGAINST CILIC
Six months after beating Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon final, Federer beat the Croatian again to claim a sixth Australian Open title.
He became only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win at least 20 Grand Slam singles titles, while equaling Rod Laver’s record of four majors after the age of 30.
2019: WIMBLEDON FINAL AGAINST DJOKOVIC
Federer had two championship points on his serve but still lost 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) in a tiebreaker after the longest singles final in Wimbledon history. . It was to be his last Grand Slam final.

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