Roger Federer retires: Five times the Swiss icon shocked the tennis world

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning

Breaking news has just come through that Swiss icon Roger Federer has announced his retirement from professional tennis.

Next week’s Laver Cup in London will be his final ATP tournament before he gracefully bows out of the professional game. Federer will go down as one of the greatest to ever play tennis, having won nearly everything there is to within the sport.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has been struggling with an on-and-off knee problem for the last three years and has decided that now should be the time to bow out and retire from professional tennis.

Although the news has saddened the world of tennis and it certainly won’t be the same without him – it’s important to appreciate all the great moments he’s produced over the years.

So, with this – here are five times that Roger Federer shocked the tennis world.

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Federer’s First Wimbledon Title

Way back in 2003, we saw a 21-year-old Roger Federer obtain his first ever grand slam title. It was only fitting he did it at Wimbledon, a tournament he’s dominated so much over his illustrious career.

A teary Federer gave a fantastic speech at the end of his match against Mark Philippoussis, you can catch it right here.


Federer’s 23 Consecutive Semi-Finals

One of the many records that Federer broke within tennis throughout the years, but certainly one of the most impressive.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning the first set
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning the first set in his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during Day eleven of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

In 2010 Federer created a brand new record by reaching 23 consecutive semi-finals, which is to this day one of the most impressive records made by any player in world tennis. Did we mention it wasn’t just any 23 semi-finals… it’s 23 Grand Slam semi-finals, which is just mind-blowing.


Federer vs Nadal 2017 Australian Open Final

 Rafael Nadal of Spain and Rod Laver look on as Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Rod Laver look on as Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on stage after the Men’s Final match on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

One of the matches of his career occurred in 2017 when two tennis giants in the form of Rafael Nadal and Federer faced off in the Australian Open Final.

Federer won the duel in five sets, beating Nadal for the first time in a Grand Slam since the 2007 Wimbledon final. He also trailed Nadal 3–1 in the final set but won five games in a row to win the title, ending a six-match losing streak against Nadal in Grand Slam events.


Federer wins Olympic Gold

Roger Federer (left) and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland receive their gold medals
BEIJING – AUGUST 16: Roger Federer (left) and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland receive their gold medals after defeating Thomas Johansson and Simon Aspelin of Sweden during the men’s doubles gold medal tennis match at the Olympic Green Tennis Center on Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

A sweet moment for Federer was when he won Olympic gold. Having won more or less all major honours in tennis, Federer set his sights on gold in many of the Olympic games but finally achieved this with the help of  Stan Wawrinka in the doubles category at the Beijing Olympics. 


5 consecutive Wimbledon titles for Federer

Something that many can’t even believe occurred to this day, Roger Federer won FIVE consecutive Wimbledon titles from 2003 – 2007. Alongside this, to make this remarkable record even more impressive, he also did the exact same with the US Open.

Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after winning the Men's final
LONDON – JULY 09: Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after winning the Men’s final against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Undeniably one of the greatest ever. Roger Federer – tennis will miss you.


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