Winning Wimbledon is the most prestigious accolade in tennis.
It takes skill, flair, elegance and a champions mind set. Over the years Roger Federer has found Wimbledon as a second home. People flock from all over the world to see him, he get’s bums and seats and even sometimes receives more support than home players!
At the age of 17 he debuted at Wimbledon in 1999 as a wildcard. Federer led Jin Novak by two sets to one before falling to a debut defeat.
It continued like that for three of his first four years but in 2001 he made his first quarter final! Federer had a bit of trouble against Malisse from two sets up but went onto win and then see off Jonas Bjorkman and world number one Pete Sampras in a thrilling five set battle before being defeated by Tim Henman.
The dominance began in 2003 when he defeated Mark Philippoussis in the final and won five consecutive Wimbledon finals!
2008 came and we know what happened there. The most incredible Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer that went into the night that by the time trophy presentation took place we could barely see a thing!
The day belonged to Rafa but since Roger has had greater days!
Roger went onto win titles in 2009, 2012 and 2017 taking his tally to 8 Wimbledon titles and 101 victories.
Obviously we do look back and Federer has been involved in soo many memorable moments but also heartbreak. The 2008 final was of course soo close as was the 2019 final leading 8-7 40-15 in the fifth but losing to Djokovic from two Championship points up.
The records speak for themselves:
- No male has won more titles in the Open Era than Roger
- Only Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer in the Open Era has won Wimbledon without dropping a set
- Roger stands alone at 101 wins
I would argue the closest player to his whole achievements at Wimbledon would be Pete Sampras who won seven titles in eight years between 1993 and 2000.
For me Federer has the whole package of a champion. His dominance but also his ability to bounce back is second to none. He went five years and back to back finals without a title and then in this comeback of 2017 won his 8th title!
I see no better champion than Roger at Wimbledon, what he has achieved since his debut in 1999 is incredible! He has never missed a Wimbledon and next year is set to play his 22nd consecutive year in London!