Fed­erer’s 2nd Grand Slam Ti­tle Of 2017

Win at Wim­ble­don marks an­other great year for the leg­end

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Roger Fed­erer con­tin­ues to em­bel­lish a ten­nis ca­reer of tow­er­ing achieve­ment. His record­break­ing tri­umph in the fi­nal of The Cham­pi­onships, Wim­ble­don, con­firms his re­turn to the peak of his pow­ers and earns him his sec­ond Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tle of a re­mark­able 2017 sea­son and a stag­ger­ing ca­reer to­tal of 19 Grand Slam vic­to­ries.

His vic­tory brought a record eighth men’s sin­gles ti­tle from 11 fi­nals at the All Eng­land Club and en­hanced his rep­u­ta­tion as the great­est men’s ten­nis player to have graced those hal­lowed grass courts. In beat­ing Marin Cilic, the Swiss cham­pion and Rolex Tes­ti­monee pulled clear of Pete Sam­pras, with whom he had shared the hon­our for the most Wim­ble­don men’s sin­gles ti­tles in the Open Era.

The win brought Fed­erer’s ca­reer tally of men’s Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tles to 19, more than any other male player. He had al­ready ex­tended that record in Jan­uary

this year when he won his fifth Aus­tralian Open ti­tle. Play­ing in his sixth sin­gles fi­nal in Mel­bourne, and his first at the Rod Laver Arena since de­feat­ing Andy Mur­ray to win the 2010 ti­tle, the Swiss cham­pion com­pleted an epic vic­tory over his great ri­val Rafael Nadal, win­ning 6-3 in the fifth set.

In a glit­ter­ing ca­reer span­ning al­most two decades, this year has been an ex­cep­tional one for the ev­er­green 35-year-old, his two Grand Slam sin­gles com­ing af­ter a five-year gap since he de­feated Mur­ray at Wim­ble­don in 2012. Roger Fed­erer, who has been as­so­ci­ated with Rolex since 2001, is a ten­nis phe­nom­e­non, one of the great­est play­ers of all time along­side leg­ends such as Rod Laver. Dur­ing an un­ri­valled ca­reer, he has spent 302 weeks in to­tal as World No.1, in­clud­ing 237 con­sec­u­tively be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2004 and Au­gust 2008.

The sta­tis­tics and global ac­claim, how­ever, do not tell the full story of this ex­tra­or­di­nary sports­man, whose qual­i­ties ex­tend be­yond the ten­nis court. Since its in­cep­tion in 2003 – the year he won his first Wim­ble­don ti­tle – the Roger Fed­erer Foun­da­tion has brought aid to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in his mother’s na­tive South Africa and be­yond, and he has given his time gen­er­ously to other causes.

Fed­erer’s spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with The Cham­pi­onships, Wim­ble­don, scene of his great­est tri­umphs, and with the Aus­tralian Open – a tour­na­ment he has called the “Happy Slam” – has also been at the heart of his part­ner­ship with Rolex. Since 1978 Rolex has been the Of­fi­cial Time­keeper at Wim­ble­don, the old­est ten­nis tour­na­ment in the world, an event steeped in tra­di­tion, pres­tige and in­no­va­tion. The brand’s as­so­ci­a­tion with the Aus­tralian Open dates back to 2008.

Gen­eral view of the club

Roger Fed­erer, win­ner of the men's sin­gles

De­tailed view of the Rolex Clock

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