Roger Federer continues to rewrite tennis history after extending his record haul of Grand Slam men’s singles titles to 20 with his victory at the Australian Open 2018.
Roger Federer wins a record 20th Grand Slam® title
Playing in his seventh singles final in Melbourne, the Swiss phenomenon further enhanced his reputation as the one of the greatest champions of all time with his five-set victory over Croatia’s Marin Čilić, the same player he defeated at The Championships, Wimbledon, last year to claim his eighth title on the hallowed turf of the All England Club.
In defeating Čilić to claim back-to-back Australian Open titles, Federer joined Australian Roy Emerson and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic as a six-time winner of the trophy.
Roger Federer and Australian Open
Throughout his stellar career, Federer has enjoyed special relationships with the two tournaments at the heart of the Rolex brand, namely Wimbledon and the Australian Open. It was Federer who dubbed the latter “the happy Slam”, a reference to the festive atmosphere enjoyed by players and fans alike at the opening Grand Slam tournament of the year, played each January below brilliant blue skies at the height of the Australian summer.
Federer has enjoyed his visits to Australia more than most, especially of late. It was at Rod Laver Arena last January that he embarked on a remarkable year of renaissance, defeating long-time rival Rafael Nadal in an epic five-set match to claim the first of two Grand Slam titles and a return to the top 10.
Roger Federer and Rolex
Associated with Rolex since 2001, Federer is indisputably a tennis legend. Among his achievements, he has spent 302 weeks in total as World No. 1, including 237 consecutively between February 2004 and August 2008. Since his maiden Grand Slam tournament victory at Wimbledon in 2003, he has exemplified sporting greatness. His status goes beyond the tennis court he has graced with distinction for two decades. Alongside fellow Rolex Testimonees from other sporting fields – golfer Arnold Palmer, skier Jean-Claude Killy and racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart – he stands with the best of the best.
Together, Federer and Rolex have built a partnership based on deep mutual respect and shared values. He is a sportsman of exceptional calibre, allied with human qualities that make him the perfect fit with the brand. Rolex is proud to count Roger Federer among its family of Testimonees and congratulates him on yet another exceptional feat.
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