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Roger Federer's Best Moments In His Career As Tennis Champ Retires

Manon Lamy September 21, 2022

Roger Federer has announced he will retire but in his 20-plus year career, the tennis champ has had some amazing moments.

Last week, GOAT (greatest of all times), tennis star Roger Federer confirmed his retirement in a social media post.

Following the Laver Cup in London, he would take his retirement from professional tennis. The world of tennis will greatly miss him.

In his message, he thanks his supporters for all they have given him in his 24 years on the Tour. Mostly, he thanks them for making the dreams of a ball kid from Basel, Switzerland, become a reality.

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However, in the last few years Federer has been facing set backs from injuries and surgeries which has resulted in him being absent from the Tour.

Along with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (The Big Three), he is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Over 300 weeks as world number one and numerous Grand Slam victories.

Now we look back at some of Roger Federer’s best moments throughout his career.

Roger Federer’s best moments:

1 – Winning his first Grand Slam title

Probably one of the greatest moments in Federer’s 20-plus-year career on the court was his first Grand Slam win. That win came in Wimbledon in 2003. A young Roger Federer went to beat Andy Roddick in the semi-finals and Mark Philippoussis in the final. Only the start of his illustrious career.

2 – 2004: the year of dominance

2003 and winning his first Grand Slam was at the start of Federer’s career. In 2004 he went to shine on the Tour. He won 3 Grand Slam titles. The Australian Open over Marat Satin, the US Open against Lleyton Hewitt and Wimbledon for the second year in a row.

3 – World Number One

2006: Federer finishes the year ranked as World Number One. That year he won 3 Grand Slam titles. He lost once to Andy Murray and four times only to Rafael Nadal. He was untouchable. In total, he won 12 titles. The next year he was still World Number One. For the third consecutive season.

4 – Olympics

Competing for Switzerland, the GOAT still showed up to bring medals home. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Federer and Stan Wawrinka won the gold medals in the doubles. This came as they beat the Americans in the semi-finals and the Swedes in the final. For the 2012 London Olympics Federer came back to win a silver medal. That year he confirmed his 300th week as Number One.

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5 – 20 Grand Slam titles

The number speaks for itself. 20 Grand Slams titles and 310 weeks as World Number One. Few players reach such levels. The only ones who come close to these titles are other GOATs: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. There is no doubt the Big three are on the list of all-time best.

6 – 1,000 wins during the Open Era

Another number that proves Federer’s greatness. 2015 is the year Federer achieved a historic 1,000 wins. This came as he defeated Milos Raonic in the finals of the Brisbane International. That year Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are becoming rivals but that does not stop him.

Even though, he is taking his retirement the world of tennis will never forget everything that he has given to the sport. Few have had such an illustrious career as him.

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Hello, I’m Manon, a second year Politics and IR at the University of Nottingham. This year I’m studying abroad at University of Vienna in Austria. I’m a passionate writer and I have been dreaming of being an author and journalists for a long time. I love to read, write and watch Formula 1.