Roger Federer Makes Tennis History Twice June 7, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Sports, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Fred Perry, French Open, Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling, Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Roland Garros, Roy Emerson, Sports, tennis
The picture should pretty much say it all. Today Roger Federer became only the 6th person in history to win all four Grand Slam major tennis tournaments, by beating Swede Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4 to win the 2009 French Open. The other 5 being Fred Perry, Roy Emerson, Don Budge, Rod Laver, and Andre Agassi. Not only did he make history in that category, but Federer also tied Pete Sampras’ record for winning the most Grand Slam major titles – at 14. One more for Federer and he will be the winningest Grand Slam champion in history.
For those that don’t follow, Federer has made the French Open final the last 3 years, losing to Rafael Nadal each time. A lot of people wondered if he could ever win this tournament, and when Nadal was beaten by Soderling early in the tournament, a lot of people thought this would be Federer’s year.
I woke up in time to watch most of the last set, and I am so excited and honored to be watching tennis history like this go down. After winning this tournament, it’s fair to say that Roger Federer will go down in history as the best tennis player that ever lived.
Here is a list of the majors that Roger Federer has won, which I pride myself in knowing without looking up!
2004 Australian Open
2004 U.S. Open
2005 U.S. Open
2006 Australian Open
2006 U.S. Open
2007 Australian Open
2007 U.S. Open
2008 U.S. Open
2009 French Open