'Roger Federer doesn’t need to win another...', says former star

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'Roger Federer doesn’t need to win another...', says former star

Mats Wilander has listed Roger Federer's greatest achievements as he considers the dominance the Swiss had early in his career to be his greatest achievement. In 2003, Federer defeated Mark Philippoussis in the Wimbledon final in straight sets to win his first Grand Slam title.

At the end of the 2007 season, Federer had 12 Grand Slam titles in his collection. Federer won five consecutive Wimbledon titles between 2003 and 2007, and also went all the way at the US Open for five consecutive years between 2004 and 2008.

"I think the biggest achievement of his so far is the dominance that he had early on, as soon as he won his first major," Wilander told Eurosport. "The dominance he had against Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Saffin, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, who were all great players.

And then Federer went out to literally win everything except the French Open." At the end of the 2006 season, Federer had at least two Grand Slams in all majors except the French Open. At the 2009 French Open, Rafael Nadal suffered his first ever loss at Roland Garros when he fell to Robin Soderling in the round of 16.

Federer capitalized on Nadal's loss and beat Soderling in the final to lift his first and only French Open title. "The second thing is to step up and win the French Open when [Rafa] Nadal lost to [Robin] Soderling. Take that pressure and say, 'This is my chance,' and then deliver," Wilander added.

As the third biggest achievement, Wilander listed Federer's success following knee surgery. In the summer of 2016, Federer underwent knee surgery. After coming back, Federer won back-to-back Australian Open titles in 2017 and 2018 and also won Wimbledon in 2017.

Shriver pays tribute to King Roger

Roger Federer has been on the sidelines for more than a year now. “Federer is giving fans a better idea of his rehab process after his knee surgery of last summer. His social media posts and quotes indicate a late-season return to competition.

A big question will be: Can Roger play the best-of-five format the Majors demand in 2023, when he will be 41 years old,” Shriver said. “Regardless of Federer's comeback pathway, winning a 21st singles Major seems impossible given his knees, age and the effort it takes to win seven matches with a three-of-five-set format,” she added.

Shriver, however, stated that not winning another Grand Slam will in no way affect his standing as one of the game’s great players ever. “Federer doesn’t need to win another match in his GOAT career. He is an iconic champion we have been lucky to watch for over two decades,” Shriver said.