Valuing in fair measure what is being lived is impossible, so possibly the exploits of a player like Roger Federer they will achieve the resonance they deserve when time passes and can be analyzed with perspectives, especially in Wimbledon. However, it is not necessary to wait for it to gloat with some of those moments that will forever mark the history of tennis and that built the legend of a man who, at almost 38 years old, remains with the illusion and level necessary to continue fighting for the glory. Eight titles in a tournament go a long way, so it is not easy to condense their history, but it is worth choosing the unforgettable Federer moments at Wimbledon.
We review the list of the biggest winners in the history of the Wimbledon tournament, both in the men’s and women’s sections.
1. A bittersweet debut in the 20th century
A minor Roger and with the sign of a young promise, he stepped on the grass of the London tournament for the first time and he did it showing his natural ease to play on this surface. He sold his skin very expensively to Jiri Novak and ended up losing in five rounds. The beginning of a story that not even the most optimistic could have foreseen.
2. The triumph against Sampras in 2001 that gave him morale and confidence
First major turning point in the Helvetian’s career. Federer did not manage to transfer his immense talent in remarkable results, and although he was beginning to show his head, few expected that the generational replacement would begin to consolidate in those round of 16. Roger beat the king of the tournament in five rounds thus far and presented his credentials to make history.
3. His first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2003
After the disappointment of falling to Ancic in the first round of 2002, the Swiss arrived in London as number 5 and the role of candidate for everything. It was an impeccable tournament, letting just one set escape (against Mardy Fish in the third round) and laying the first stone in his prolific Grand Slam record by beating Mark Philipoussis in the final.
4. The two finals won at Nadal in 2006 and 2007
It was an exciting time. Federer had been imposing his law for three years, but the hatching of Nadal was a reality and his rivalry began to vibrate the entire planet. Few thought that the Balearic Islands could play so well on grass, and the fact of winning in those two finals gave Roger great morale, stopping the Spanish rebellion, which was already effective on clay.
5. Your participation in one of the best games in history
What happened in the final of Wimbledon 2008 is simply unforgettable, and as much as it hurt the Swiss to lose that match, in time he will feel proud of having participated in one of the most glorious days in the history of this sport. His journey at Wimbledon cannot be understood without his relentless battle in that encounter, his capacity for suffering and his honor in defeat. He lost to his arch rival in his private garden, but found the engine to continue fighting in the future.
6. The epic victory over Roddick in the 2009 Wimbledon final
The return of the King. Roger was no longer sweeping the British Grand Slam, but he was able to continue fighting to the point of exhaustion and find arguments for glory. He reached the final without great difficulties, and there he faced one of the most complicated matches of his entire career. He broke the serve once in the entire game to Roddick, and that earned him a 16-14 win in the fifth set.
7. Comebacks in extremis in first rounds
No one is exempt from suffering any unexpected setbacks and Roger was only one point away from doing so in the first round of Wimbledon 2010. Alejandro Falla won the first two rounds and was 5-3 in the third, but ended up giving in to the emotional intelligence of a Federer who got out of the jam. He did something similar at Wimbledon 2012 against Julien Benneteau in the second round, just a day after Nadal lost to Rosol. He got out of that impasse and ended up winning the tournament.
8. The emotional title at Wimbledon 2012
Roger had not won a Grand Slam title for a while and there were already many who wanted to withdraw him. However, he proved to continue to choose everything and lifted the title after an epic final against Andy Murray, where the deployment of the retractable roof ended up being decisive for his interests. Andy’s tears of grief moved the world, but so did the Helvetian’s triumph and poise to continue to expand his legend.
9. The 2017 edition, perfection made tennis
After difficult years, Roger appeared in London playing at a stellar level and continued it on the grass. He emerged champion without giving up a single set and transmitting sensations of power hardly seen in a 35-year-old player, who were those who had the Basel at that time.
10. The happy reunion with Nadal in 2019
That semifinal aroused the attention of the entire planet at the possibility of witnessing a duel between Swiss and Spanish at Wimbledon again. Roger was superior, was extremely aggressive and found solutions to the Spanish proposal. His morale went through the roof, but history had a cruel surprise in store for him in the final against Djokovic.
It cannot be ignored that, if there is unforgettable in the recent history of this sport, it is the two match points lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2019 final. Although the 2008 match, which also ended in defeat, has been included, the difficult wound to heal after losing to the Serb in last year’s edition will be an indelible mark on the Swiss’s mind, but in form nightmarish. As hard as it was to lose to Nadal in 2008, the feeling of having participated in something so special and having more options in the future, would mitigate the inevitable sadness after what happened to Djokovic. In short, an exciting story that of Roger Federer at Wimbledon.