Born within two months in the summer of 1981, Roger Federer and Serena Williams have become the most recognized tennis names of the previous two decades, winning 43 singles Major titles combined and earning numerous records.
Roger and Serena turned 40 this summer, and they still dream about lifting notable titles and results, despite setbacks and injuries. Serena won five matches at the Australian Open this February to increase her tally to 362 Major wins, joining Roger Federer at the top of the charts and leaving all other rivals far behind them, starting from Martinas Navratilova and Novak Djokovic.
Federer earned that 362nd Major victory at the last year's Australian Open, beating five rivals (including two tough challenges against John Millman and Tennys Sandgren) to reach the semis before losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
Roger underwent knee surgery a few weeks later and needed 13 months to hit the court again, earning seven victories at Roland Garros and Wimbledon to move in front of Serena, who struggled to find the right form. Following the Australian Open semi-final, Serena suffered an early loss in Paris and retired at Wimbledon due to an injury that has kept her off the court ever since.
Serena would love to battle for the elusive 24th Major title, winning the previous one in Melbourne in 2017 and losing four Major finals in 2018 and 2019 at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams had 362 Major wins at one point.
Working hard during the previous off-season, Serena was ready to fight for the trophy in Melbourne this February, losing one set in five encounters and joining Roger on 362 Major wins.
Williams toppled Laura Siegemund, Nina Stojanovic, Anastasia Potapova, Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep in style to advance into the semis. Thus, the veteran became the second-oldest player in a Major semi-final and third with 40 appearances in the last four at the most notable tournaments after Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
Hoping to reach the title clash and pass Roger, Serena could not endure the pressure and beat Naomi Osaka, suffering a 6-3, 6-4 loss in an hour and 15 minutes to leave the event empty-handed. The veteran made too many unforced errors and lost ground in both sets, especially at 4-4 in the second, to propel Osaka through.