In an interview to Eurosport called “My Grand Slam Journey,” Roger Federer was shown some videos of his “Australian Open memories” and was asked to describe each of them. After talking about his 2000 loss against Arnaud Clement, the Swiss recalled his 2004 title and the final against his “good friend” Marat Safin.
Federer then shared his thoughts about his 2009 loss in the final against his long-time rival Rafael Nadal. Eight years later, in 2017, when the two met again in an Australian Open final, it was the turn of the Basel native to triumph in a very close, 5-sets battle.
Federer who had to skip most of the 2016 season due to a knee injury had dropped considerably in the ATP Rankings, starting the Australian Major as the 17th seed, and certainly not as a favorite for the title.
“2017, my victory just as I was on the comeback. This was something so ultra-special,” he said about his 18th Grand Slam victory, the first since Wimbledon 2012. “Maybe… definitely top three in my life as a tennis moment for me.
Obviously somewhere like Wimbledon, maybe at the French Open, some other places.... But this was so high up there because it came so unexpectedly and it was again Rafa (Nadal) in the final. It just had everything, so…” Referring to his emotive celebration after winning the championship point, the actual World No.
4 added: “Also, at the end the moment showed what it meant to me, and still today. It was very, very special!”