Roger Federer's career is studded with great successes and incredible records: with 20 Slams he is the record holder but the Swiss Maestro has achieved other great goals, such as eight triumphs at Wimbledon, the weeks as world no.
1, and the titles on the grass and hard courts. For each season, however, there is a particular goal, an achievement that should be highlighted. 2017 was a magical, miraculous year, full of successes and incredible satisfaction.
Federer was reborn that year after a disastrous 2016. He was the protagonists of a dazzling start to the season: victory at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami (where he defeated Rafael Nadal 3 times), then Halle, Wimbledon (eighth success and a new record), Shanghai and Basel.
But the victory at the Australian Open was the most exciting success of his 2017. Because it came unexpectedly, at the end of a sensational journey. He started the tournament, seeded 17th. In the first round, he beat Jurgen Melzer in four sets, while in the second round he defeated Noah Rubin in three sets.
From the third round onwards, Federer's draw was incredible. In the third round, he defeated Tomas Berdych in three sets, while in the fourth round the Swiss Maestro needed five long sets to eliminate Kei Nishikori. In the quarter-finals, he won in straight sets against Misha Zverev (an insidious opponent on such a fast surface).
So here is Roger in the semifinals, fighting and winning against Stan Wawrinka in five other hard-fought sets. Amazing. In the final the rival of all time, vintage and a long-awaited challenge: Federer vs. Nadal. After five exciting sets, Federer defeated his nemesis, despite the fact he was with a disadvantage break in the fifth and decisive set (final score 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3), beating his opponent thanks to the backhand, old weak point, that day weapon of victory, avenging the last defeats against Nadal.
That was one of the most important successes of Federer's career, one of the most important matches in the history of tennis, at the end of a miraculous tournament: “As for the Australian Open 2017, I realized how that victory moved people.
Because I won, and everyone wanted to talk about it with me. It's different when I lose: people avoid the topic. I guess they do it so as not to awaken bad memories in me!" said Roger Federer in an interview in 2019.