16 years after making his Wimbledon debut, Rodger Federer who now holds the record for most wins at Wimbledon (8) reflects on.
On 2nd July, 2001, Federer was 19 when he beat seven time Wimbledon champion, Pete Sampras in the fourth round of Wimbledon and has now surpass the record he and Sampras held before today.
Federer who now has 19 Grand Slams to his name recalls saying,; “At the time it was a shock. Now we see it as a ‘changing of the guards’ moment”.
“I didn’t think I would be this successful after beating Pete here”, says Federer.
“Winning eight titles is not something you can aim for. If you do you must have so much talent”, he added.
He also recounted how he wanted to make a career in tennis when growing up in the capital of Switzerland.
“I was just a normal guy growing up in Basel and hoping to make a career on tennis tour”.
“I put in a lot of work and it paid off.” “It has paid off big time”, he added.
Some Rodger Federer stats in numbers
8 – his record eighth Wimbledon title
19 – more Grand Slam wins than any other man
35 (and 342 days) – the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era
5 – years since his previous Wimbledon win
3 – the third man to win multiple Slams without dropping a set (Source: BBC Sports)
Congratulations to Rodger Federer from our desk at GhanaMansports.com