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
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