Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles and the Swiss player said that the upcoming Laver Cup season will be his last ATP tournament. He has played more than 1,500 matches in 24 years, although the last three years have proved to be the battle of his tennis life.
Federer won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, while his last title was at the Australian Open in 2018. Since then, he has continuously tried to return to the court, but failed.
Here are 20 interesting facts about Roger Federer’s career:
- Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003 when he was only 22 years old.
- The 41-year-old player is known for his excellent “hand passing”, “footwork” and aggressive play.
- In 2018, Roger became the world’s oldest number one at the age of 36.
- The Swiss icon has played 223 doubles matches in his career.
- Federer has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments and 103 ATP titles in his career.
- Federer won his last Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2018.
- Roger Federer advanced to the 2019 Wimbledon final where he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in a thrilling match.
- After the 2019 Wimbledon final, Roger was out of action for a long time due to a knee injury.
- Federer became the first male tennis player to win 20 career Grand Slam titles after defeating Marin Cilic in the 2018 Australian Open final.
- The last time Roger Federer participated in the 2021 French Open, where he finished with a third-round victory.
- Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles, six Australian Open titles, five US Open titles and one Roland-Garros title, winning a total of 103 titles on tour.
- Roger has also won two Olympic medals for Switzerland. In Beijing, he won Olympic gold in doubles and won silver in singles in 2012.
- Federer once held the record of 237 consecutive weeks as world number one player. He was number one in the world for 310 weeks in his career.
- Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) have overtaken Roger Federer in the Grand Slam title.
- Federer last played on July 7, 2021, when he lost to Hubert Hurkaz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Center Court.
- Federer underwent surgery on his right knee, his third knee surgery in a year and a half, just before his final match.
- Roger gave tough competition to top players younger than him. Here he played many memorable matches against 36-year-old Nadal and 35-year-old Djokovic.
- Federer’s wife Mirka has also been a tennis player. Both were at the Olympics for the first time.
- Roger and his wife have two twin (four) children.
- Federer surpassed Pete Sampras’ record of winning a total of 20 major tournaments. He won eight titles at Wimbledon, six at the Australian Open, five at the US Open and one at the French Open. He ended his career by winning the Grand Slam tournament at the French Open in 2009.