Joel G

Roger Federer’s 15th Grand Slam

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This is it, the moment young 17 year old Roger Federer had been waiting for, his first ever ATP tour match against Lucas Arnold Ker in Gstaad. But unfortunately for Roger, He bombed out is straight sets. 1998 just wasn’t the year for Roger Federer. Little did he and the tennis world know, this was the start of an outstanding era for tennis and Roger Federer.

In 1999, he was the youngest player in the top 100. He was world number 66 and he was just 18. During that year, he entered his first Grand Slam tournament at the French Open. He lost in four sets to Australian tennis legend Pat Rafter.

In the early 2000’s Federer won his first tournament, the Hopman Cup. This was the only achievement for Roger that year, he entered four tournaments and he was knocked out in the first round in three of them.

In 2003, Roger Federer became a much better player, winning his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon against Australia’s Mark Phillipousis. This was the first sign of the dominance and Roger claimed the world number one ranking that year.

Roger had launched himself into history by winning Grand Slam after Grand Slam. By the end of 2008, he had won 13 Grand Slams.

2009 was the year for Roger, but it didn’t start off well, losing his world number one ranking to Spaniard Rafael Nadal and he hadn’t won a title in a long time. Until something big happened, world number one Rafael Nadal withdrew from the French Open because of a knee complaint. Roger knew this was an opportunity he had to pounce on, and he did.

Roger had made it into the final at the French Open. There was alot at stake for Roger, not only would he get back the world number one spot, but he would equal the world record of winning 14 Grand Slams, originally set by American Pete Sampras. But before Roger could get there, he had some tough competition, Sweed and world number 23 Robin Soderling. It was a hard fought match but Roger emerged from the dust as the winner, winning in straight sets 6-1 7-6 6-4.

Then Roger commented that he thought that Soderling did an excellent job and that Rafael Nadal will bounce back well.

Next it was time for Wimbledon, tennis’s most prestigious event. If Roger won this, he would break the record for most grand slams won by a tennis player. Roger had made the final of Wimbledon against American and world number 6 Andy Roddick. It was one of the matches of the year, with Roger coming out as the winner, winning 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. Roger fell to the ground, crying of happiness as the crowd and millions of people around the world applauded his success. He was really happy that he had won Wimbledon and finally broke the world record of most grand slams ever won. Roger thought that Andy played an excellent match and it was one of the greatest matches he has played against him.

This is an historical event because no-one else has ever achieved what Roger has achieved and it is worldly recognised as tennis’s greatest achievement.

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One Response

  1. Hi Joel,

    Wow, what a fantastic recount. Roger Federer certainly has earned his place in history. I never knew that at the start of his career he did so poorly. You have done a great job of telling about his disappointments and many achievements!

    Helen 🙂

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