Top 10 Roger Federer moments – vote for your favourite


On Sunday, Roger Federer will call time on his 24-year career and see him become one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and 103 ATP Tour titles, as well as attracting a large number of fans from all over the world.

As he prepares to retire, BBC Sport looks back at 10 iconic moments from his career and asks you to vote for your favourite.

Wimbledon 2001 – beat Sampras at 19

Pete Sampras was the top dog at Wimbledon. In 2001 he was the four-time defending champion, world number one and heavy favorite for the title.

Then, in the fourth round, he ran into a 19-year-old ponytail who was starting to climb the rankings.

Federer, the boys’ champion at Wimbledon in 1998, 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 in three hours and 41 minutes to end Sampras’ Wimbledon dominance. .

It would be the first of many stunning results on center court for the great Swiss.

Wimbledon 2003 – first Grand Slam title

Federer would go on to win eight of his 20 major singles titles at Wimbledon

It was fitting that Federer won his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon, often considered his favorite tournament.

Failing to progress beyond the quarter-finals, Federer dropped just one set en route to the final, where he beat Australia’s Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 7-6 ( 7-3).

An emotional Federer dedicated his win to former coach Peter Carter, who died in a car crash the previous year.

“Peter was one of the most important people in my career,” he said. “I hope he saw it from somewhere.”

The victory was the start of a period of dominance, and the Swiss won 11 between 2004 and 2007.

Wimbledon 2008 – Epic final against Nadal

Roger Federer congratulates Rafael Nadal on his victory
Before Wimbledon in 2008, Federer and Nadal had won 14 of the previous 16 Grand Slam titles.

Federer may have lost, but the 2008 final between Rafael Nadal is widely regarded as one of the greatest matches of all time.

Federer was seeking a sixth straight singles title, but Nadal had beaten him in the French Open final a few months earlier and had an 11-6 record against the Swiss.

Played over seven hours due to rain delays, Federer lost the first two sets, saved two tournament points in the fourth and forced a fifth before Nadal’s stunning win in the dark.

It ended Federer’s 65-match unbeaten run on grass and was arguably the culmination of a fascinating rivalry that lasted until Federer’s retirement.

Beijing 2008 – Olympic Gold in Doubles

Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer celebrate gold
Federer and Wawrinka would meet again at the Davis Cup in 2014

Federer arrived at the Beijing Olympics less than a month after losing to Nadal at Wimbledon and on the verge of losing the world number one ranking to the Spaniard after 236 weeks at the helm.

After losing in the singles quarterfinals, he and Stan Wawrinka teamed up in the men’s doubles and scored a big win over the Bryan brothers of the United States in the semifinals.

They then beat Sweden’s Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson 6-3 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 to give Switzerland their first Olympic tennis medal since 1988.

It would be the only Olympic gold of Federer’s career.

2009 French Open – Completes the Grand Slam

Roger Federer with the French Open trophy
Federer was making his fifth consecutive major final, having won the US Open the previous year

By 2009, the only thing that eluded Federer was the French Open title. In the last three years he reached the final in Paris but lost to Nadal.

Federer claimed just his second win over Nadal on clay at Roland Garros, but Nadal was once again the heavy favorite to lift the trophy.

However, Nadal’s defeat of Robin Soderling in the fourth round put things on the line for Federer.

Federer made the most of his opportunity, eventually beating Soderling 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 in the final to become the sixth man to win all four Grand Slam singles titles.

Wimbledon 2009 – Record-breaking 15th Slam title

Roger Federer with the Wimbledon trophy in 2009
The Wimbledon match between Federer and Roddick was the longest final in terms of matches played in Grand Slam history.

Federer avenged his loss to Nadal the year before by winning Wimbledon in 2009, but the final was just as grueling.

Federer beat Andy Roddick 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 in four hours and 17 minutes, with the fifth set alone lasting 95 minutes.

It was Federer’s sixth Wimbledon title and his 15th major trophy, taking him clear of Sampras’ record as the American watched from the Royal Box.

Thanks to the victory, Federer also returned to the top of the world rankings.

Wimbledon 2012 – Murray wins in the final

Roger Federer waves to the crowd at Wimbledon in 2012
With Federer’s win in 2012, he regained the world number one ranking from Novak Djokovic.

Federer arrived at his favorite tournament without winning a Grand Slam title since January 2010, and had reached the quarter-finals in his last two appearances at SW19.

He overcame a five-set match in the third round before knocking out runner-up and top seed Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Waiting in the final was Andy Murray, aiming to become the first Briton to win a major singles trophy since 1936.

But Federer spoiled the house party with a 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 win, equaling Sampras’ Open-era record of seven Wimbledon men’s singles titles and reclaiming the world number one ranking in the process.

Murray would get his revenge a few weeks later when he beat Federer on the same court to win Olympic gold.

2014 Davis Cup – Victory with Switzerland

An emotional Roger Federer after Switzerland won the Davis Cup
Federer was left in tears after Switzerland won the Davis Cup

Federer helped Switzerland reach their first Davis Cup final in 22 years, but was struggling with a back injury, pulling out of the ATP World Tour finals just weeks before the showpiece in Lille.

Against France, Federer lost the first singles rubber to Gael Monfils, leaving the tie at 1-1.

He and Wawrinka met in doubles and won and Federer was chosen to play Richard Gasquet, knowing that victory would secure the trophy for Switzerland.

Federer beat Gasquet in straight sets, sparking jubilant scenes and leading an emotional Federer to present the trophy to “the boys”.

2017 Australian Open – Major title surprise after injury

Roger Federer celebrates winning the Australian Open
Federer’s victory at the Australian Open earned him his 18th title

Federer arrived in Australia with a knee injury out for six months and many saying he would never win a major title again.

It wasn’t easy for Federer, who beat two top-10 players in Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych and eliminated Wawrinka in five sets on his way to the final, while Nadal awaited his longtime rival.

In another epic that almost inevitably went to five sets, Federer won 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 to claim his 18th Grand Slam title and his first in five years.

It was the first time Federer, now 35, had beaten Nadal at a major since the 2007 Wimbledon final.

Dubai 2019 – 100th ATP title

Federer became the second man to win 100 ATP titles after Jimmy Connors, who won the Dubai Tennis Championships in March 2019.

He beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas – who ended his Australian Open title defense a few months earlier – 6-4 6-4 to lift the trophy.

The victory was his first career title in Milan and came 6,600 days after he lifted it at the age of 19.

Federer would go on to win three more titles, his last title coming at the Swiss Indoors in 2019.

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