17 Grand Slams. 7 Wimbledon titles.
These are the fewest yet the only words that describe the Swiss ace’s career not only in tennis, but in Wimbledon as a whole. He has been one of the favourites at SW19 since he won Wimbledon’s junior title in 1998, only to become World No. 1 in the junior rankings as the year ended.
And oh, can anyone forget that notoriously amazing fourth round match between him and the tennis master Pete Sampras! That was the only match that they ever played against each other in their careers. And it can only be said that he beat the legend to become a legend himself.
However, the crowning moment came two years later.
Known to be Federer’s best surface, thus given the name ‘King of Grass’, Wimbledon has done wonders for the ‘tweener revolutionizer’. His 5-year streak of winning the tournament made him not only equalizing the highest number of Wimbledon titles (seven) alongside Pete Sampras, but he also regained his World No. 1 spot last year after beating Andy Murray. He then went on to top the list of being ranked No. 1 for a total of 302 weeks, surpassing 286 of Pete Sampras’.
Now Federer faces a tough challenge against not only the Top 4, but also the young guns and dark horses, who he has to outdo to gain his 8th Wimbledon title, the highest achieved by none the history of tennis.
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