When Federer broke the Wimbledon title record

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 4:56 p.m.

In 2017, Roger Federer won the English Grand Slam for the eighth time, breaking Pete Sampras’ record.

“I think you would have laughed if at the beginning of the year I had told you that I was going to win two Grand Slam titles this season.” On July 16, 2017, in the press room at Wimbledon, Roger Federer was simply radiant. And for good reason: he had just dominated, in three straight sets and 1h41 of play, Marin Cilic in the final (6-3, 6-1, 6-4), and to win the London Major for the eighth time in his career. career. What to become the record holder of victories at All England, ahead of the Briton William Renshaw, between 1881 and 1889, and, above all, Pete Sampras (between 1993 and 2000), one of the Swiss youth idols.

“I’m all the more happy because Wimbledon has always been and always will be my favorite tournament”, he also recalled. The Balois then came back from very far. Because during the previous edition, in 2016, he injured his knee in his semi-final loss against Milos Raonic (6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3). He then had to have surgery, forfeiting the rest of the season and notably missing the Olympic Games, his big goal for the year. But he would therefore come back very strong in 2017, first winning the Australian Open by dominating Rafael Nadal after an epic final.

Very moved in 2003

And if Federer won his 19th Grand Slam at Wimbledon, a few months before his 20th, in Melbourne, it was also in London that he won his first Major, in 2003. Then 21 years old, he arrived in the English capital without any real great reference in Grand Slam, after failing twice in the quarter-finals in 2001, at Roland-Garros and then at Wimbledon. But he will crush everything in his path during this 2003 edition, dropping only a small set throughout the fortnight, in the third round against Mardy Fish, before dominating Mark Philippoussis in the final (7-6, 6-2, 7 -6), to become the first Swiss in history to win a Grand Slam tournament.

“I didn’t think I could win a Grand Slam tournament one day”, then reacts the young wolf, who was still wearing a ponytail and had trouble hiding his emotions. After a second Major title acquired in Australia, he returned to Wimbledon in 2004 with the status of big favorite, and the label of world number one. This status, he fully assumes, dominating Andy Roddick in the final (4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4). An American adversary whom he finds again the following year in the final, for the same result, this time in three sets (6-2, 7-6, 6-4).

Revenge against Nadal

“Rodgeur” ​​will continue its harvest the following two years (2006 and 2007), each time against Rafael Nadal. Two revenges after his two lost finals at Roland-Garros against the Spaniard a few weeks earlier. After a victory in four sets in 2006 (6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3), he was pushed to the fifth set by the future undisputed king of Roland a year later (7-6, 4- 6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2). Very close to winning, the “Taurus of Manacor” will achieve its goals in 2008 (6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7), inflicting on Federer his first defeat in the final of Wimbledon at the end of the night.

But he will make up for it the following year, facing his favorite victim: Andy Roddick. However, the American will sell his skin dearly, losing in a suspenseful match and concluded with the longest fifth set in Grand Slam history (5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14). At the same time, he won his 15th Major title, and in passing broke Pete Sampras’ record. Federer will then have to wait two more years to win again in London.

Released in quarters in 2010 and 2011, by Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he will win his seventh and penultimate Wimbledon in 2012. After dismissing Novak Djokovic, then world number one, for their very first clash on grass, he was opposed in the final to Andy Murray and won in four sets (4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 ), validating his return to the top of the ATP rankings. And he will therefore wait five more years before triumphing again at his favorite Grand Slam. For the eighth and final time?

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