Roger Federer: Power Ranking Fed's Top 10 Greatest Moments Ever

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2013

Roger Federer: Power Ranking Fed's Top 10 Greatest Moments Ever

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    The greatest tennis champion of all time, Roger Federer has set the bar at an almost unreachable height. 

    A 17-time Grand Slam champion, Fed has done it all on the tennis court, accomplishing feats no one ever has, including becoming the first man in the Open era to win five consecutive U.S. Open championships. 

    When it comes to the 31-year-old Swiss legend, the records are immense and the titles are seemingly endless. With that in mind, let's look back on Fed's greatest moments, narrowing the list down to his top 10.

10. Sixth Career Year-End Title

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    After topping Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals in London, Fed became the only man to win six year-end championships. 

    He won six of nine from 2003 to 2011.

9. Back-to-Back Aussie Open Titles

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    Federer joined an elite list in 2007, becoming one of only a handful of men to win back-to-back Australian Open championships.

    After winning Down Under again in 2010, Fed would join Andre Agassi as the only two men to win four Aussie Open titles in the Open era.

8. Wins Doubles Gold for Switzerland

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    Federer won an individual silver medal at the 2012 Summer Games in London, but that came after a loss to Andy Murray in the gold-medal match. 

    Four years earlier, Fed and Swiss teammate Stanislas Wawrinka finished on a positive note, winning doubles gold for their native Switzerland at the 2008 Summer Olympic in Beijing. A win and a proud moment, not only for Fed but also for his country.

7. Fed Joins a Group All His Own

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    After winning the 2006 U.S. Open final against Andy Roddick, Fed became the first man to win at least three of the year's four Grand Slams on two occasions.

    He would do it three times in four years from 2004 to 2007, capping off the greatest run in tennis history (winning 11 of 16 Grand Slams from the start of 2004 to the end of 2007).

6. Ties Bjorn Borg at Wimbledon

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    Four years after breaking through on the Centre Court grass for the first time, Fed tied tennis great Bjorn Borg with five straight Wimbledon championships, beating Rafael Nadal in the final at the All England Club in 2007.

5. Conquers Roland Garros

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    Federer took advantage of Rafael Nadal's fourth-round loss to Robin Soderling at the 2009 French Open (Nadal's only career singles loss at the French), reaching the final for the fourth straight year but finally winning on the Paris clay.

    Fed blew by Soderling in straight sets in the final to complete the Career Grand Slam nearly six years after winning his first Slam. 

4. Outlasts Andy Roddick, Surpasses Pete Sampras

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    Federer won his 15th career Grand Slam in dramatic fashion in the summer of 2009, defeating Andy Roddick in a Wimbledon final that required a record 77 games to be decided. 

    Fed won the fifth and final set 16-14, earning his sixth Wimbledon title and surpassing Pete Sampras' then-record of 14 major victories in the process.

3. Wins U.S. Open for Record Fifth Straight Time

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    Federer became the first man in the Open era to win five straight U.S. Open titles in 2008, knocking off Andy Murray in straight sets in the final at Flushing Meadows.

    With the win, Fed also joined Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras as the only men in the Open era to win at least five times at the year's final Slam.

2. First Grand Slam at Wimbledon

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    In the summer of 2003, Federer finally broke through at a major at the age of 21, winning Wimbledon.

    Fed took down Mark Philippoussis in straight sets to win the first of what would turn out to be five consecutive titles at the All England Club from 2003 to 2007. 

1. Winning Wimbledon for a Seventh Time

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    In July 2012, following a major drought of more than two years, Federer tied the great Pete Sampras with seven Wimbledon championships in the Open era. 

    After dropping the first set to Andy Murray in the final, Fed stormed back to win the next three sets and the match, which proved to be his greatest moment as he locked up career Grand Slam No. 17.


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