Roger Federer played his first Major matches at Roland Garros and Wimbledon 1999, failing to score a win and fixing that at the beginning of 2000. Roger's first Major triumph came against Michael Chang at the Australian Open 2000, securing the first out of many victories on the most significant tennis scene and carving his path towards tennis immortals.
In the past 22 seasons, there were many changes in men's tennis, but one thing was never in doubt - Roger Federer as a Major contender. The Swiss reached quarter-finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2001 and waited for two more years to claim the first Major trophy at Wimbledon 2003.
Eighteen years later, the Swiss is still among the world's leading players thanks to his points from 2019, recovering from a severe knee injury from 2020 and returning to the court after 13 months. Competing at his first Major in almost 500 days, Federer entered this week's Roland Garros and wrote history as the first player with at least one Major victory in 22 different seasons, leaving Jimmy Connors on 21!
A proud owner of 364 Major wins has known how to shape his form for the most prestigious events, claiming 20 titles from 31 finals to write history books, hoping for a couple of more good years before ending his career. Federer has won at least one Major match every year since 2000, counting to 22 years and leaving a great American behind him.
Roger Federer has won at least one Major match in 22 different seasons for a record.
Andre Agassi secured a Major win in 20 consecutive seasons between 1987-2006, followed by Rafael Nadal and Feliciano Lopez, who stand on 19.
Federer secured the record with the first-round victory over Denis Istomin. Becoming the first player with 80 appearances at Majors, Roger kicked off the Parisian campaign with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win over Denis Istomin in an hour and 33 minutes.
Playing sharp and aggressive tennis, the Swiss lost 13 points behind the initial shot and kept the pressure on the other side to control the scoreboard. Federer converted five out of 13 break opportunities and raced over the finish line for one of his quickest Roland Garros wins.
In the second round, Roger beat his old rival Marin Cilic 6-2, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 35 minutes for a place in the third round. Federer earned the tenth victory over Cilic from 11 encounters and the fifth in a row, all at notable tournaments.
The Swiss fired 16 aces and suffered three breaks from eight chances offered to Marin while converting five opportunities on the return that sent him through. Roger fired 47 winners and 27 unforced errors to tame his strokes nicely, prevailing in the third set and dominating the fourth to advance into the last 32.