Roger Federer is now 38-years-old! The Swiss Maestro has marked an epic time that will remain forever in the history of sport (and we are not just talking about tennis). His records, his victories, his innate class and his elegance have allowed him to earn the unconditional love of fans.
His career is summed up (to date) to the metaphor of the circle; from victory at Wimbledon 2003 to defeat at the 2019 Championships. In the middle, an amazing career, made of victories, unforgettable moments and some disappointment.
In 2001 he obtained his first victory in an ATP tournament, in Milan, against Julien Boutter. The turning point in his career came in 2003, when he won the Wimbledon tournament in the final against Mark Philippoussis. It was the beginning of an absolute dominion that lasted at least until 2008.
In fact, in these five years Federer won 13 Slams: 5 times Wimbledon (from 2003 to 2007), three times the Austrlian Open (2004, 2006, 2007) and five times the US Open (from 2004 to 2008). In the middle the history defeated against his nemesis Rafael Nadal, at Wimbledon 2008.
In 2009 he won his first and unique French Open, completing the career Grand Slam and equaling the 14 Majors of Pete Sampras, then completing an extraordinary season also winning Wimbledon for the sixth time, against Andy Roddick.
From the 2010 Australian Open victory to Wimbledon 2012, he lived a not a positive period, especially after the many defeats against Nadal. In those years it also began the rise of his second great rival, Novak Djokovic. At Wimbledon 2012, against Andy Murray, he returned to winning Wimbledon, equaling the 7 titles of William Renshaw and Pete Sampras and winning his 17 Slam.
After five years of ups and downs, the victory in the Davis Cup in 2017 and some disappointments, like at Wimbledon 2014 and 2015 and at the US Open 2015, he lived, in 2016, the worst season. But here he is again ready to surprise the world, in 2017, when he won the Australian Open against his great rival Nadal and his eighth Wimbledon (record) against Marin Cilic.
In 2018 here again the title in Melbourne, his 20th Slam. Unbelievable. This year, after the 100th title, the great disappointment for the defeat in London against Djokovic, where he also wasted two match points. 38 years-old are not few, but for Federer nothing is impossible; even thinking about winning another Slam. Happy birthday!