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 Major titles combined and earning numerous records. Roger and Serena turn 40 this summer, and they are still eager to chase notable titles and results, despite setbacks with injuries.
Serena won five matches at the Australian Open 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.
Roger Federer earned that 362nd Major victory at the last year's Australian Open, beating five rivals (two tough challenges against John Millman and Tennys Sandgren) to reach the semis before losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
Roger underwent a knee surgery a few weeks later and hasn't played since, needing another surgery in May and deciding to skip the rest of 2020 and switch focus on 2021. Federer will return in Doha and Dubai next month, working hard on his game and hoping to play injury-free and extend his career.
On the other hand, Serena is chasing 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 have ach won 362 Major matches.
Working hard during the off-season, Serena was ready to fight for the trophy in the past two weeks, 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. Serena 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, seeking the final spot against Naomi Osaka.
Hoping to reach the title clash and pass Roger, Serena couldn't endure the pressure and the opponent's strength, 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.