After an epic two weeks in Melbourne this year, Roger Federer won an historic 18th career Grand Slam title at the Australian Open - here are 18 different things he achieved by winning Down Under:
1. He raised the bar on his own record for Grand Slam titles. Federer already had the all-time men’s record with 17 and now he’s got 18. Next on the list are Sampras and Nadal with 14 each.
2. He also raised the bar on his record for Grand Slam finals. Federer already had the all-time men’s record with 27 and now he’s got 28. Next on the list are Djokovic and Nadal with 21 each.
3. He’s the second-oldest man to win a major in the Open Era. At 35 years 174 days, Federer is only bettered by Ken Rosewall, who won three when he was older at the 1970 US Open (35 years 315 days), 1971 Australian Open (36 years 73 days) and 1972 Australian Open (37 years 62 days).
4. He defied his toughest head-to-head match-up. Going into the final Nadal not only led Federer 23-11 in their overall career head-to-head, he also led 9-2 at Grand Slams, 6-2 in Grand Slam finals, 3-0 in Australian Open meetings, 9-7 in hardcourt meetings and 11-3 in best-of-five-set meetings.
5. He got his first win over Nadal at a Grand Slam in almost a decade. Federer’s last win over Nadal at a Grand Slam had been a five set win in the final of Wimbledon all the way back in 2007.
6. He now has back-to-back wins over Nadal for the first time in 10 years. The last time Federer had back-to-back wins over Nadal was in 2007 (Wimbledon and ATP World Tour Finals). He now has two straight again (2015 Basel and 2017 Australian Open). He’s never won three times in a row…
7. He’s the third man in tennis history to win five Aussie Opens. The other two both won six: Roy Emerson (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967) and Djokovic (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016).
8. He became the first man in tennis history to win three different majors five times each. With a fifth Australian Open (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017) to go along with seven Wimbledons (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012) and five US Opens (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), Federer is the only man in tennis history to win three majors five times each. He has one French Open (2009).
9. He’s now the second tennis player to cross $100 million in career prize money. Federer joined Djokovic as the only two tennis players, male or female, ever to cross that threshold.
10. He beat four Top 10 players to win a major for the first time. With wins over No.10 Berdych in the third round, No.5 Nishikori in the fourth round, No.4 Wawrinka in the semifinals and No.9 Nadal in the final, Federer went through four Top 10 players to win a major for the first time in his career.
11. He became the first man to score over 200 career Top 10 wins. Those four Top 10 wins pushed him to 202 for his career, the all-time record. Next-most are Djokovic (180) and Nadal (142).
12. He beat three left-handers to win a major for the first time. Those three lefties were Jurgen Melzer in the first round, Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinals and, of course, Nadal in the final.
13. He became the first man in the Open Era to play 100 matches at the Australian Open. Only one other man has played 100 career matches at any major in the Open Era, and that’s Connors, who actually did it at two majors (102 matches at Wimbledon and 115 matches at the US Open).
14. He’s now won more matches at the Australian Open than at any other major. The Happy Slam is now Federer’s most successful major in terms of matches won (87). Wimbledon is next (84).
15. He set a record for biggest gap between Australian Open titles. With seven years between 2010 and 2017, Federer set a new record for biggest gap between Australian Open titles in the Open Era. The previous-longest wait was five years (Becker 1991 to 1996 and Agassi 1995 to 2000).
16. He became the lowest-ranked man to win a major in almost 13 years. The No.17-ranked Federer was the lowest-ranked major winner since No.44-ranked Gaudio at the 2004 French Open.
17. He became the second No.17-seeded man to win a major. The only other one was another fairytale ending - a No.17-seeded Sampras beat Agassi to win his final major at the 2002 US Open.
18. He’s back in the Top 10. After spending 11 straight weeks outside the Top 10 - his first time outside the elite since 2002 - Federer surged from No.17 to No.10 by winning the title. With little to defend until the grass court season, and nothing to defend after it, how high can he go in 2017?