Roger Federer has many traits in common with past tennis players. His class and elegance on the court make even the most complicated rallies more simple. The Swiss is the link between past tennis, where touch and sensitivity were still fundamental skills, and modern tennis, where physical strength and technological evolution play a predominant role.
Like many long-lived athletes, Federer encountered the best players from different eras. In fact, he is the one able to win at least one match against Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, and against the other two Big Three Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Federer played only one memorable challenge against Sampras, in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2001, winning in five exciting sets with the final score of 7-6(7) 5-7 6-4 6-7(2) 7-5. Federer and Agassi met 11 times: Federer leads 8-3.
Among their most important challenges, there are the quarterfinals of the US Open 2004 and the final again at Flushing Meadows in 2005, both of which won by Federer. The challenges between Federer and Nadal wrote the history of recent tennis.
Like a clash between two giants, with two styles of play at the antipodes, the Swiss and the Spaniard clashed 40 times: Nadal leads 24-16. Their matches were memorable: among others, the 2006 and 2007 Wimbledon finals and the Australian Open 2017 final won by Federer and the Rome 2006 and Wimbledon 2008 finals won by Nadal.
The 2008 Wimbledon final is considered one of the best tennis challenges ever. Against Djokovic, Federer is on the score of 23-27. Their challenges highlighted the last few years of tennis, especially at Wimbledon. In fact, Roger's victory in the semifinals of the 2012 Championships and the finals won by Djokovic in 2014 and 2019 are some of the best tennis moments of the last years.
Roger Federer is the last bastion of tennis which is disappearing, and who has the latest champion in the Swiss Maestro, able to beat the best opponents in two different eras.