Roger Federer just won his fifth U.S. Open title on Mon, 8 Sept.
His career tally now stands at 13 Grand Slam singles titles (3 Australian open, 5 Wimbledon, 5 U.S. Open), 4 Tennis Masters Cup titles, and 14 ATP Masters Series titles.
Not long ago, R.Fed fans were getting upset that Federer, their tennis superhero/mythical creature, lost to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon and fizzled in the Beijing Olympics.
There were rumblings that Federer was losing his air of invincibility. To my horror, a friend even said that 27-year-old Federer was “getting old”. Old? He is still in his 20s, and I’m willing to wager that he has more titles ahead of him.
But having said that, it’s still refreshing that Nadal is has become World Number 1, which makes the level of competition all the more interesting.
It just goes to show that you can never rest on your laurels because the competition just keeps getting better.
For tennis noobs, there are four grand slam tournaments a year:
- Australian Open
- French Open
- U.S. Open
In tennis, a singles player or doubles team that wins all four Grand Slam titles in the same year is said to have achieved the Grand Slam or a Calendar Year Grand Slam. If the player or team wins all four consecutively, but not in the same calendar year, it is called a Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam. If a player wins all four at some point in his or her career, even if not consecutively, it is called a Career Grand Slam. Winning three of the four tournaments is called a Small Slam.
But only two men (Rod Laver and Andre Agassi) and five women (Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams) have won all four Grand Slam singles tournaments at least once since the beginning of the open era.