Roger Federer Retirement: Federer At The Grand Slams | ATP

For certain names, hype precedes their early forays onto the biggest stages

1 and Wimbledon boys’ singles champion, Roger Federer, it came even before he stepped foot on Court Suzanne-Lenglen

Cap backwards, dressed in the colours of the Swiss flag, the 17-year-old fell to Australia’s Pat

Few could have envisioned the remarkable Grand Slam resume he was about to fill

AUSTRALIAN OPEN – Champion 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018; 103-15 win-loss

His straight-sets routing of 10th seed Tomas Berdych in the third round prompted the Czech to deem

Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka pushed him in a gripping semi-final before the blockbuster final also went the

Nadal had wrested momentum to snatch the fourth set and a 3-1 lead in the deciding set,

“I had some tough battles against Rafa over the years, but that came totally unexpected I think

The 2018 Australian Open was his record-extending 20th Grand Slam trophy and ultimately his last

“During the match I constantly thought about the fact that I could reach 20,” Federer said

“I was nervous the whole day, I thought about what would happen if I lose, if I

Victory in that final would have drawn the Swiss level with Pete Sampras’ record 14 Grand Slam titles

His win against Marat Safin in the 2004 final came with an added bonus as it confirmed his

ROLAND GARROS – Champion 2009; win-loss 73-17Photo Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The site of more agony than any other Slam, in the end Federer’s most crucial triumph

There were none more bruising than the 2008 decider in which he salvaged only four games

For the first time in six years, Federer headed into Roland Garros in 2009 without the top seeding

To get [the Roland Garros trophy] at the end, as the last remaining Grand Slam, it's an

“The waiting and the age definitely has a big impact on how important and how nice this

While he never managed to come up with the trophy again, a statement semi-final triumph came in 2011

As he narrowed his pursuit of Grand Slam trophies into his 30s, the Swiss elected to skip

WIMBLEDON – Champion 2003-2007, 2009, 2012, 2017; win-loss 105-14Photo Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

1 Pete Sampras had not lost at the All England Club in 31 matches before he ran into the 19

One minute you feel like you have it, the next minute you're walking off the court,” Sampras

“This match will give me as much confidence as I can get,” he said after beating Sampras

Expectations proved a burden too great when Federer fell at the opening hurdle the following year, but

Seeded fourth, he had Australian Mark Philippoussis’ measure in a straight-sets final in 2003

In near darkness, in the match many argued was the greatest Grand Slam championship match of all

“Towards the end, I was virtually not saying anything in the commentary box,” John McEnroe told the

The fifth set ended 16-14 and took 95 minutes alone to complete

“I walked out on to the court and then I saw the Royal Box that day, seeing

By the time The Championships rolled around again in three years’ time, Federer had not added a

No one could have foreseen the drought he was about to endure and against all odds, break

Federer’s 2013 and 2014 seasons represented a new low for early surprise Slam departures

Five years since his last trophy run on Centre Court, however, Federer backed up his shock Australian

Five times, the Swiss went down in a deciding set at Wimbledon, but none stung quite like

US OPEN – Champion 2004-2008; win-loss 89-14Photo Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Three times the Swiss had Agassi’s measure in New York, including in 2001 when he thrashed the

Having denied Hewitt in the semi-finals, Federer summoned a four-set triumph over the eight-time major winner in

Federer had prevailed in all six prior ATP Head2Head meetings and was on a 41-match winning

“[It] feels like one of those matches I would like to play over again… I was not

There was more heartache in the ensuing two years, when victory would again be snatched from his

In both the 2010 and 2011 semi-finals, Djokovic saved two match points to reach the final

That final was a 2015 defeat to Djokovic, where a raucous Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd had willed him