Twenty Grand Slam titles! It's an achievement that has long been as unfathomable in men's tennis as it has been improbable. That is, until now. Since his first triumph on the lawns of Wimbledon in 2003, Roger Federer has been proving that anything is possible and the Swiss did just that once again on Sunday at Melbourne Park. Federer celebrated an unprecedented 20th major triumph, claiming the Australian Open title with victory over Marin Cilic.
ATPWorldTour.com opens the vault and looks back at the Swiss maestro's 20 Grand Slam victories...
(1) 2003 Wimbledon – d. Mark Philippoussis 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(3)
The year was 2003 and the men’s tennis landscape was in flux. Longtime standard bearer Pete Sampras retired the previous August after winning the US Open, and it wasn’t yet clear who would assume the reins and lead the ATP World Tour going forward. Fans did not have to wait long for an answer to become apparent: Roger Federer. It was apropos that it all began at The Championships. The Swiss’ reign over SW19 began on Day One, gliding over the pristinely cut lawns and launching his slender frame into his one-handed backhand.
The 21-year-old budding star had already proven himself on Centre Court with a stunning fourth-round upset over seven-time champion Sampras two years earlier. He would go one step further in 2003, brushing aside the competition at the All England Club. He relinquished just one set on his way to a first Grand Slam championship title match. His opponent: fellow Wimbledon final debutant Mark Philippoussis. Philippoussis had endured a much tougher path to the final and proved no match for Federer, who claimed his first taste of Wimbledon glory after just one hour and 56 minutes of play. It was only the beginning.
(1) 2003 温网冠军– 击败 马克.菲利普斯 比分：7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(3)
(2) 2004 Australian Open – d. Marat Safin 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2
A precocious young talent with nerves of steel, 22-year-old Federer did not have to wait long for his second success at the Grand Slam level. Just over six months later, on the other side of the world, the Basel native lifted the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for the first time. Federer was taken to four sets in back-to-back matches by Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian to reach the semi-finals, before turning on the style against Juan Carlos Ferrero to book a final meeting with Russia’s Marat Safin.
An in-form Safin did well to upset top seed Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi in five sets en route to the final, however, Federer once again showed his class on the grandest of stages. He would clinch the title after two hours and 15 minutes, as a Safin forehand flew beyond the baseline. As a result of winning the tournament, Federer became World No. 1 for the first time in his career. And he would remain at the pinnacle for years to come. It was a position he would hold for a record of 237 weeks, until 18 August 2008.
(2) 2004 澳网冠军–击败马拉特.萨芬 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2
(3) 2004 Wimbledon – d. Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-4
Federer vs. Roddick in the Wimbledon final. It’s a phrase that conjures memories of epic encounters and it all got started on a brisk July afternoon in 2004. After a disappointing third-round loss to Gustavo Kuerten at Roland Garros, Federer cruised to his second Gerry Weber Open title in Halle and returned to the scene of his first Grand Slam triumph at the All England Club. Experiencing the role of defending Grand Slam champion for the first time, he dropped just one set – in the quarter-finals to former champion Lleyton Hewitt – en route to his second Wimbledon final.
Waiting for him there would be Andy Roddick. The big-serving American had just successfully defended his crown at The Queen’s Club, but faced a difficult test against his Swiss rival, having dropped five of their six previous meetings. The Wimbledon faithful were treated to a dream No. 1 vs. No. 2 championship clash and Roddick got off to a great start, becoming the first man to take a set off Federer in a Grand Slam final. But, ultimately, Federer would fight back, winning two tight sets before firing down a 12th ace out wide at championship point to lift the trophy and cement himself as the best player in the world.
(3) 2004温网冠军 击败安迪.罗迪克4-6, 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-4
(4) 2004 US Open – d. Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-0
Federer’s outstanding season would culminate with his first year-end No. 1 finish in the ATP Rankings. He secured the top spot with a third Grand Slam victory of the year at the US Open. Federer had never progressed beyond the Round of 16 when he entered Flushing Meadows in 2004, but made his way through to the last eight for the loss of just one set. In the quarter-finals, he met two-time champion Andre Agassi and the boisterous New York crowd would witness a thriller on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Agassi won four more points than Federer throughout the match, but fell to the World No. 1 in exactly three hours 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
A convincing win over Tim Henman put Federer in his first US Open final where he would meet 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt came into the final in scintillating form, winning all six of his previous matches in straight sets but had no answer for the brilliance of Federer in the championship. The Swiss has only registered four bagel (6-0) sets in his Grand Slam final career and two of them came against the Aussie in the 2004 US Open title match. Federer became the first player since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in one season, and also the first in the Open Era to triumph in his first four major finals.
"Not even in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I would win the US Open," he said. "If you can handle New York, you can handle anything."
(4) 2004 美网– 击败莱顿.休伊特 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-0
本赛季费德勒的杰出表现似乎到了顶峰，他夺得了世界第一，在美网他需要通过获得 本年度的第三个大满贯来巩固他的地位。2004年在踏入法拉盛公园（美网赛场）前，费德勒以往还没打进过8强。这次他的成绩是进入8强仅丢一盘，他的四分之一决赛的对手则是两届美网冠军--安德烈.阿加西，喧闹的纽约球迷在阿瑟.阿什球场（美网中心球场）目睹了一场惊心动魄的比赛。全场比赛阿加西比费德勒总得分多了超过4分，但却以6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3负于世界第一，耗时正好3小时。