Ever since the beginning of modern tennis, Major tournaments have been the most prestigious ones, especially after the dawn of the Open era in 1968 and less chaotic situation than in the previous decades. Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open have been the most decorated events of our sport and a battleground for some of the most unbelievable and epic matches on that glory trail that every Major trophy represents.
Knowing that, every Major victory counts, as for those at the top and lower-ranked stars who seek notable prize money and points, dreaming about beating the players above them and survive at least the first week of the competition.
Still, only the most successful players of the Open era have been capable of delivering one good result after another at a single Major tournament, with eight of them clinching at least 70 triumphs at some of the four most significant events in the calendar.
Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the only who have counted to more than 80 wins, with Connors securing 84 victories at Wimbledon and 98 at the US Open, needing only two to pass that magical mark of 100. Rafael Nadal will achieve that at Roland Garros in a year or two, standing on 93 at the moment and suffering only a couple of losses in Paris in the last 15 years, with 12 trophies under his belt.
Still, Roger Federer is ranked above them all, delivering his 100th triumph at Wimbledon last year (101 in total) and adding more fuel to that record at the Australian Open this week, becoming the only player with at least 100 Major wins at two different events!
Playing at Melbourne Park for the record-breaking 21st time, Federer grabbed five victories to improve his tally to 102 Australian Open wins, passing his achievement from Wimbledon after being mighty consistent down under throughout the years, advancing into the semi-final for the 15th time in a career, which is another record on his list.
At the age of 38, Roger is still capable of delivering thrilling wins and compete against younger opponents, beating Steve Johnson, Filip Krajinovic, John Millman (trailed 8-4 in the match tie break), Marton Fucosvics and Tennys Sandgren (saved seven match points) to achieve the record before losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
Federer will have the opportunity to bring Wimbledon back to the top of his list in July, lifting eight trophies at the All England Club and wasting two match points in the last year's final against Novak Djokovic.