With 19 Grand Slam singles titles and counting, there is no debating the notion that Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players to ever live. Over the years, he has provided viewers with many extraordinary moments and incredible victories.
Below is a look at Roger Federer’s top 10 Grand Slam victories, ranked in order based on their effect not only on his own career but also on the game of tennis in general.
- US Open 2004
Federer’s first major victory at the US Open and fourth Grand Slam overall helped to solidify his position as one of the best players in the world at the time. Federer defeated three of the tournament’s top six seeds en route to winning his third Grand Slam title of the calendar year, including a stirring five-set victory over crowd favorite Andre Agassi in the quarterfinals.
- Australian Open 2004
Federer’s first of five Australian Open titles kick-started one of the most successful years of his illustrious career as he began to impose his dominance. Defeating Marat Safin in the final allowed Federer to become world number one the following week for the first time in his career. Federer would go on to remain the world number one for a record 237 consecutive weeks.
- US Open 2008
Heading into the tournament there was a growing dialogue amongst the critics that Federer’s game was beginning to deteriorate. He had failed to win a Grand Slam yet for the year and was coming off a final loss to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon as well as relinquishing his world number ranking after holding it for nearly five straight years. Federer proved he wasn’t done winning on the big stage, beating both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on his way to a fifth straight US Open title.
- Wimbledon 2003
Not much more needs to be said other than this is the tournament where it all began for Roger Federer. His first Grand Slam title of his career as well as the first of a record eight singles titles at the All England Club. This was for many their first introduction to Roger Federer on a tennis court and sparked the beginning of one the greatest and most successful tennis careers of all-time.
- Wimbledon 2007
Federer defeated perhaps his greatest rival Rafael Nadal in an intense five-set final to capture the 11th Grand Slam title of his career. What made this victory even more special was that it was his fifth consecutive title at Wimbledon, which equaled the record held by Björn Borg. This victory cemented Federer’s reputation as one of the best grass court players of all-time.
- Australian Open 2007
Federer has had many dominant performances throughout his almost twenty-year career but perhaps none more dominant than his 10th Grand Slam title. Federer cruised to victory in Australia, not dropping a single set the entire tournament. This is impressive enough on its own but becomes truly remarkable when you consider he defeated five top 25 players while doing so, three of them being in the top 10.
- Wimbledon 2017
Federer became the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era after earning his 19th Grand Slam title less than a month before his 36th birthday. Not only did this extend his all-time Grand Slam record, it also moved him into sole possession of most Wimbledon men’s singles titles with eight. If all of that wasn’t unbelievable enough, he managed to achieve this while going through the entire tournament without losing a single set.
- Wimbledon 2009
This was the tournament that put Federer at the top. Federer won his 15th Grand Slam title, breaking the all-time record of 14 that had been held by Pete Sampras. Federer defeated Andy Roddick in dramatic fashion after outlasting the American in the longest men’s singles final (in terms of games played) in Grand Slam tournament history. There were a total of 77 games in all, with the marathon fifth-set ending 16-14 after Federer was able to break Roddick’s serve for the first and only time of the match.
- French Open 2009
This was the victory that crowned Federer’s career. After losing to Rafael Nadal the three previous years in the final on the clay surface, Federer was finally able to capture his elusive French Open title, giving him his career Grand Slam at last. Following Rafael Nadal’s shocking fourth-round loss, Federer almost had the same fate falling down two sets to none and facing a break point against Tommy Haas. Federer delivered a dazzling forehand winner which began one of the greatest comebacks of his career considering the circumstances. Federer’s win at Roland Garros justly solidified him as one of the greatest of all-time.
- Australian Open 2017
It was Roger Federer’s first Grand Slam following a six-month injury layoff, the longest of his career. Federer was 35 years old, had gone nearly five years without a major title and was ranked outside of the top 10 at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2002. In what will be remembered as one of the most stunning and captivating tournaments of his career, Federer defeated four top 10 seeds and survived three five-set thrillers to win his 18th Grand Slam title. He capped this title off by defeating his longtime rival Rafael Nadal in the final, coming back from a break down in the fifth and deciding set. It was Federer’s first victory over Nadal at a Grand Slam in nearly a decade and is widely considered to be one of the greatest tennis matches of all-time.
- Brenden is from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He works in finance and is a huge tennis fan. His favorite players are Federer, Raonic, and Shapovalov. Find him @brendendecker on Social Media.