Roger Federer is arguably one of the most decorated tennis players who have ever set foot inside the court. He has been playing this incredible sport at such a high level for god knows how long. He has been part of some fantastic matches in his magnificent career up until now. Unfortunately, he pulled out of the current French Open, and pundits suggest that it might have been his last ever match at a clay surface. So today, we look at his best performances in the French Open.
5) Roger Federer vs. Tommy Haas (Fourth Round, 2009)
Roger Federer played one of the most challenging games against Tommy Haas in the fourth round of the 2009 edition of the French Open. Federer was two sets down, and a big upset was staring him in the face when he showed immense courage and commitment to overcome this onset and win the match by three sets to two. This was one of the most hard-fought victories in tennis history. The game was at a point where Federer had saved a breakpoint at 3-4 down in the third set with a crunching, nerveless forehand winner. Such games are pretty underrated and are forgotten pretty quickly at the same time.
4) Roger Federed vs Juan Martin del Potro (Semi Final, 2009)
Juan Martin Del Potro was one of the upcoming and developing stars of the tennis world, which everyone looked forward to. This clash against the great Roger Federer was a significant achievement for him even though he lost. He learned a lot since he made Federer wait for his victory until the previous set’s last game. Federer always had the edge over Del Potro, and this loss was the sixth loss in six meetings with Federer, although he was to gain revenge later that year when he defeated the Swiss for his only major win at the US Open.
3) Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal (Final, 2006)
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the household greats of the game who have faced each other on numerous occasions over the years. This match was also one for the history books since this was the first final between the two in Paris. Nadal defended his title with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 win as he ended Federer’s hopes of joining Don Budge and Rod Laver as the only men to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. The French crowd lit up with a fantastic spectacle at the display for them.
2) Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic (Semi Final, 2011)
Novak Djokovic was in his prime for the latter half of the 2000s decade and throughout the 2010s decade. His matches against Roger Federer were nothing short of incredible. Djokovic was on a forty-three game unbeaten run heading into the match, giving him a slight edge. But when the pressure is on, Federer strives the best. He finally ended this long unbeaten streak of his opponent and showed what a veteran is capable of. This match ended in four sets in favor of Federer, who faced the mighty Rafael Nadal in the final.
1) Roger Federer vs. Robin Soderling (Final, 2009)
The date and the year in which Roger Federer joined an elite list of players to win all the four major grand slams in the modern game. This was another classic French open-final match that will be remembered for a long time. Federer ended the Spaniard’s long unbeaten run in the tournament at the same time. His 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 victory gave Federer a 14th major title and allowed him to become just the third man to complete the sweep of all four majors.
It was an emotional triumph for a man who had lost to Nadal in the previous three finals at Roland Garros.
Roger Federer was and will be a legend for the clay court, and these performances prove nothing else apart from that. However, it remains to be seen whether Federer will take part in the tournament next year.