Nicknamed the “Maestro” for his elegant and seemingly effortless strokes, Roger Federer is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time. He won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, and in 2012 he tied Pete Sampras for the most Wimbledon titles (7) in the Open era. In 2008, Federer tied Jimmy Connors and Sampras for the most U.S. Open titles (5) in the Open era. In 2009, the Swiss completed the career Grand Slam by defeating Robin Soderling in the French Open final. With his Wimbledon title in 2009—his 15th career major—Federer passed Sampras for the most men’s Grand Slam titles in history. During one particular stretch of dominance, Federer was ranked No. 1 in the world for 237 consecutive weeks. Federer is one of the most famous and most recognizable athletes in the world.
Federer beat Mark Philippoussis in straight sets for his first Wimbledon title—and first career major:
Nine years later, Federer beat Andy Murray in the final for his seventh Wimbledon trophy:
Federer won his second U.S. Open in 2005, defeating Andre Agassi in four sets: