In 2009, Roger Federer prevailed against Andy Roddick in that epic Wimbledon final to regain the throne at the All England Club and write history as the 15-time Major champion. Leaving Pete Sampras on 14 titles and with only a couple serious contenders in those years, Roger was destined to rule the Majors probably for good, seeking more titles from the most significant tennis scene in the years to come.
Instead, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have taken 33 out of 47 Major titles since 2010, leaving Roger on five and matching his record in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Federer grabbed three Major trophies between the Australian Open 2017-2018 to stay in front of the primary opponents, who caught him in the last couple of seasons to make the GOAT race more enjoyable than ever.
Fully aware of their challenge, Roger praised his rivals ahead of the 2020 season, saying they are incredible players. Also, the Swiss noted Rafa and Novak should be happy if they pass him and win more Major titles. Federer spoke about the moment when he overcame Pete Sampras' record of 14 Major trophies, saying it was a beautiful moment and encouraging Rafa and Novak to enjoy even more if they secure more Major crowns than him.
Roger Federer revealed how he felt when he broke a Major record in 2009.
"It was special to break the record of the Major titles, not keeping it later. Rafa and Novak should also be happy if they break my record, they are both incredible players, and I can not stop them.
My first goal ahead of 2020 is to stay healthy; then, I can try to achieve a few things still on my list. I have spent beautiful years on the Tour, and at the age of 38, I have to wonder if almost everything is over. If so, it would have happened quickly, but it is a nice thought at the same time, as time flies when you have fun, and it was certainly the case with me.
After retirement, I will experience new things in life, but I still do not know when that will come; I would miss tennis. At some point, your career ends as you can no longer play week after week; still, you can bring a good match now and then," Roger Federer said.