Federer Ties Sampras And Earns Career Grand Slam With Win At French Open

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IJune 7, 2009

PARIS - JUNE 07:  Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses the trophy as he celebrates victory during the Men's Singles Final match against Robin Soderling of Sweden on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 7, 2009 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Roger Federer now can put the talk of him not winning the French Open to rest. After winning every Grand Slam event except for the French Open Federer has always been questioned about coming up short at Roland Garros. Not that Federer has played badly at the French but has been knocked out by Rafael Nadal the past four years including three straight finals.

This year Federer did not have to worry about Nadal after he was ousted by the man he was playing in the final Robin Soderling. Federer did not waste the chance to win the only Grand Slam he did not own with his main rival gone.

Federer did it quickly as well beating Soderling in straight sets 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4 to complete the career Grand Slam. The win makes Federer the sixth man to complete the career Grand Slam and the last since Andre Agassi. Agassi completed his career Grand Slam 10 years ago at the French Open as well.
Federer has been considered one of the best tennis players of all time and with the win at the French Open he tied Pete Sampras for the most Grand Slam victories at 14 apiece. With the win Federer has something Sampras does not have which is a career Grand Slam.

While Sampras will always be thought of as one of the best to ever to play men’s tennis he could not win the French Open. Federer is four years younger than Sampras as he won his 14th Grand Slam at 27 and Sampras did it at 31. With age on his side and the fact at Nadal could miss Wimbledon which begins in the next two weeks Federer could win his 15th slam and pass Sampras.

The only other four men that like Federer and Agassi have a career Grand Slam are Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson.[ad]