Roger Federer has been a legend on every tennis surface. The Swiss maestro has dominated the men’s game for almost 2 decades now. He has won 20 Grand Slam titles and been world number 1 for 310 weeks. No other rival yet matches the great Swiss in these categories. The greatest display of the maestro’s heroics has been on the Wimbledon grass courts. He has won 8 titles there and made it to 12 finals. Federer has won more than 100 singles matches in this highly prestigious tournament. Let’s look back at his 8 titles there.
The Era of Outright Dominance
The first of Roger Federer’s 8 Wimbledon titles came in 2003. Incidentally, this was also his first Grand Slam victory. Federer was 4th seed in the tournaments and one of the strong contenders. He won his matches with utter dominance beating Australia’s Mark Philippoussis in the tournaments decider. The Swiss great had thus become a Grand Slam champion. He lost just one set in the whole tournament.
The same dominance would continue in 2004, 2005, and 2006 when Roger Federer raced through the draws and won back to back Wimbledon championships. The first time he was challenged in a final at SW19 was during 2007 final. Federer was taken to 5 sets by his most formidable rival on the tour Rafael Nadal but came out victorious and relieved.
The Swiss legend thus equaled Bjorn Borg’s great record of 5 titles in succession at SW19. Roger Federer’s success train at the center court was however cut short in 2008 final when Rafael Nadal the inspired Spaniard defeated Roger in a titanic 5 set final. The match is regarded as one of the greatest ever played in men’s tennis. Some experts regard the 2008 final at Wimbledon the greatest ever.
The Remarkable Comebacks
After being dethroned in the 2008 tournament final, Roger Federer came back with a bang in 2009. After progressing to the final without a single set loss, Federer broke Andy Roddick’s heart once again at the championships. The match was intensely fought with Roger clinching the 5th set with a score of 16-14. The Swiss great once again left his mark on his favorite tournament.
Roger Federer would then tear apart British heats in his 2012 Wimbledon conquest. After ousting the defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semis he then defeated local hero Andy Murray in the final. Federer had lost the first set but came back strongly to clinch the next 3 and win his 7th Wimbledon trophy.
The most memorable of all the Swiss maestro’s heroics on the Wimbledon courts was his 2017 victory. Aged almost 36 Roger Federer went all guns blazing during the tournament. He won it would the loss of a single set. Federer’s victim in the final was Croatia’s Marin Cilic who virtually was given no chance by the legend from start to finish. The master had now become one of the oldest champions at SW19. Federer’s great on the grass refuses to end as the 20 times Grand Slam champion went to the final there in 2019 and was very near to another title lift.