Now that Roger Federer has seen his ranking drop to number 5 in the world, we can reflect on the incredible run that he has had in this past decade. Back in 2003, the tennis world still played witness to the wonderful sportsmanship of Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. Although both had won their final Grand Slam tennis tournaments within the past year, they were still ranked in top 15 worldwide. Federer was a big part of the reason why neither player would win another Grand Slam ever again…
Andy Roddick was on the verge of his lone Grand Slam victory at the 2003 US Open. He would hold the number 1 ranking for just a short period of time before Federer’s incredible 2004 that featured victories in 3 Grand Slam tournaments, including one of Federer’s 3 career Wimbledon Finals victories over Roddick.
To get a better gauge on how long ago 2003 was, here are some other big stories from around the world: The infamous United States invasion of Iraq had just begun in March, LeBron James was selected with the top pick in 2003’s NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers that June, Steve Bartman had yet to singlehandedly destroyed the Chicago Cubs MLB playoff run of 2003 by interfering with a routine catch of a foul ball, Michael Jordan still played basketball (although for the Washington Wizards), and Novak Djokovic became a professional tennis player, although he wouldn’t play in a Grand Slam event until 2005.
It’s been quite the incredible run for Roger Federer since that day, collecting a record 17 Grand Slam titles and over $70million in prize money, not to mention his earnings from all those Rolex commercials! Perhaps Federer will win several more tennis tournaments to add to his legacy, as a number 5 ranking is still quite solid. Do you think Federer can win a Grand Slam in 2014?
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