Australian Open Legends – Roger Federer

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Australian Open Legends – Roger Federer

We continue our celebration of Australian Open legends with Roger Federer. With his record breaking 20 Grand Slams, Roger has been shattering records for 20 years. Therefore, it’s no surprise he would be on this list. The Australian Open is particularly special to Roger given that it was at the 2017 Australian Open that Roger would begin an impressive run where he would capture the 2017 Wimbledon title and the 2018 Australian Open.

It is sometimes forgotten that Roger was playing second fiddle for the better part of the 2010s to both Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal. Sure, he was going deep at the Grand Slams, including finals appearances, however, he was not winning them. Before the 2017 Australian Open title, he had won his last Grand Slam in 2012 at Wimbledon. Since then, he had appeared in three Grand Slam finals, losing all three to Novak Djokovic. So, it was no surprise that after taking six months off due to injury, nobody expected much from Federer at the 2017 Australian Open. Especially coming in as the 17th seed. To win the tournament he would have to beat three top 10 players: Nishikori (5), Wawrinka (4), and Nadal (9). A run for the ages!

Ultimately, the 2017 Australian Open would change the trajectory of Roger’s place in history and would be the springboard to a wonderful second act of dominance for Roger Federer. However, as important as that tournament was to Roger’s career, we can’t forget how dominant Roger was at the Australian Open in the 2000s, where he took the torch from Andre Agassi and proceeded to win four titles in the decade. In addition to the two titles in 2017 and 2018, he won in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010.

Let’s take a look at each of the results of his six Australian Open titles:

2004 Australian Open vs. Marat Safin: 7-6, 6-4, 6-2.

2006 Australian Open vs. Marcos Baghdatis: 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2.

2007 Australian Open vs. Fernando Gonzalez: 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

2010 Australian Open vs. Andy Murray: 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.

2017 Australian Open vs. Rafa Nadal: 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

2018 Australian Open vs. Marin Cilic: 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

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