Roger Federer at Wimbledon finals: Relive the memories from Roger Federer's ten previous trips to the Wimbledon final [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Leye Aduloju in Wimbledon 16 Jul 2017
  • Roger Federer has been to ten previous Wimbledon finals, winning seven and losing three
  • Can Roger Federer add a record-breaking eighth title?
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Roger Federer will take on Marin Cilic in his 11th Wimbledon final on Sunday (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

As Roger Federer prepares to take on Marin Cilic in his eleventh Wimbledon final, we look back at his ten previous trips to Wimbledon finals to relive the memories as the great man built up a dynasty at the All England Club.

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2003: Roger Federer beat Mark Philippoussis 7-6 6-2 7-6

In his first Grand Slam final, a 21-year-old Roger Federer produced a superb performance to defeat big-serving Australian, Mark Philippoussis 7-6 6-2 7-6. Federer’s talents had been obvious by then, but he had not gone beyond the quarter finals in his previous 16 Grand Slam main draw appearances, prompting questions in some quarters over his ability to deliver on the big stage. How dare they doubt him!
Federer responded with a majestic dispatch of Philippoussis, breaking into tears after taking down the unseeded Australian in straight sets.

The big-serving Philippoussis was hoping to complete his own story, after recovering from a career-threatening knee injury, and he stayed with Federer in a tight first set. But after the Swiss squeezed through the opener, he opened up and unleashed his full repertoire on the Australian, as he raced through the second set. Philippoussis kept it close in the third set, but Federer dominated the tie break to register the first title of many titles in his dominant Wimbledon reign.

Roger Federer defeated Mark Philippoussis to win is first Wimbledon title. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

2004: Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick 4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4

‘I threw the kitchen sink at him, but he went to the bathroom and brought out his tub’
That was Andy Roddick’s famous remark after failing to beat Roger Federer in a rain-affected 2004 Wimbledon final. In one of the toughest finals of Federer’s early Grand-Slam-winning years (outside Roland Garros, of course), Federer withstood a barrage of heavy-hitting from reigning US Open champion, Roddick to stutter to a second Wimbledon title. The powerful American battered his way to the first set, but dropped his level at the start of the second as Federer opened up a 4-0 lead. However, Roddick rediscovered his mojo, and erased Federer’s double-break advantage. With momentum on his end, the American appeared destined to go two-sets up, but Federer, as is his wont, found a way to dig out the second set. Roddick kept coming, and broke early in the third for the 2-1 lead, but a rain delay halted his charge. On resumption, Federer got the break back, before going on to dominate the tie break for a two-sets-to-one lead. Roddick made one last push at the start of the fourth set, but failed to convert any of six break points. Federer’s backhand clicked into gear as he broke for the 4-3 lead, before going on to close out a hard-fought victory with an ace.

"I kind of like the 100% record in Grand Slam finals, these are the ones that really count and to have won my favourite tournament twice is incredible." "I got lucky today for sure.”

2005: Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick 6-2 7-6 6-4

Apparently determined to avoid the close shave from the previous season, Roger Federer produced some of his very best tennis to dismiss Andy Roddick in the 2005 Wimbledon final. "It's a pity for Andy but I really did play my best," was Federer’s comment after the match- a little bit of sympathy, a little bit of cheek, you would say. A year after threatening to terminate Federer’s love affair with the All England Club before it really got going, Andy Roddick was well and truly put in his place in this final, as his peerless Swiss opponent raced to a hat-trick of titles, equaling Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg’s Open Era record of three straight titles at SW19.

Federer needed only 22 minutes to speed through the opening set, and after a slight lull during which he gave up a break to trail 2-1 at the start of the second set, Federer broke back for 3-3. Roddick bravely stuck with his opponent, but Federer bossed the tie break to open up a two-set lead. The rains came down soon after that, but after a brief delay, Federer completed a straight-sets victory to take his Wimbledon tally to three. He had now beaten Roddick in each of his three triumphs, including the semi-finals in 2003. So what could the American do to solve the Federer mystery? "Maybe I'll just punch him or something", he supplied. He wasn’t alone in thinking that way.

Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick for the second straight Wimbledon final. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

2006: Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 6-0 7-6 6-7 6-3

This was the first of three successive Wimbledon finals between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with the Swiss withstanding a late fightback from the Spaniard to capture his fourth straight Wimbledon title. By then, Nadal had already caused Federer plenty of heartache- he had won their last five meetings, including twice at Roland Garros and once on the hard courts of Dubai. 

Nadal already boasted a formidable 6-1 record against his great rival. Now he was looking to take down Federer in their first ever meeting on Federer’s favourite surface. The great Swiss, who was on a 47-match winning streak on grass was keen to show who’s boss, racing through the opening set to love. Nadal went up a break in the second set, but Federer recovered to take it on a tie break. Nadal would simply not go away, and he got result for his tenacity by taking the third set, but Federer kept his cool to come through a tight fourth set, matching Borg and Pete Sampras as the only men to win Wimbledon four times in a row in the Open Era.

2007: Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2

Rafael Nadal returned with more venom in 2007, but Federer survived his toughest examination yet at the All England Club to emerge with a fifth Wimbledon title, joining Borg as the only men to do so in the Open Era. To put things into proper perspective, this was Federer’s first five-set match at Wimbledon since that breakthrough victory over Sampras in the fourth round in 2001. This was a wonderful pre-amble to their 2008 epic, adorned with captivating swings in momentum, specular rallies and glorious winners. Even though the fifth set read 6-2 to Federer, it felt closer than that. Nadal had 15-40 on Federer’s serve at 1-1 and 2-2, but the Swiss served his way out of trouble, and went on to win the final four games as the Spaniard’s spirited challenge faded.

2008: Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7

Over the previous two years, there was that feeling that Rafael Nadal had been getting closer and closer to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, and the Spaniard finally unseated the great Swiss in 2008, in a match that will be talked about for ages. Some have said it is the greatest tennis match ever. Nadal had just clobbered Federer at Roland Garros, sparing the Swiss a miserly four games, and he marched into this Wimbledon final with confidence and purpose, playing some superb tennis to take the first two sets. Federer responded by winning the third on a tie break (after a lengthy rain delay towards the end of the set), and the great Swiss came through an epic fourth set tie break to force a decider. Nadal had a 5-2 lead, and then had two championship points, but Federer saved both, the second with a stunning backhand pass down the line. The rain returned early in the final set, adding to the drama, but both men returned to offer an overdose of fabulous tennis, and it was Nadal, late into the Wimbledon night that claimed a memorable victory to terminate Federer’s 65-match unbeaten run on grass.

2009: Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick 5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14

Roger Federer was reunited with his old pal Andy Roddick in the 2009 final, as the pair went head to head in a Wimbledon final for the first time since 2005. Federer had just completed the career Slam at Roland Garros, and was the firm favourite to pick up a sixth Wimbledon crown, and a record-breaking 15th major title. A rejuvenated Roddick had other ideas. Federer’s title hopes were in severe danger when the big-serving Roddick led by a set and 6-2 in the second set tie break. However, staring down the barrel of a potentially terminal two-set deficit, Federer, with a bit of help from Roddick, engineered a way back into the set, and eventually levelled proceedings. Federer went on to take the third set on a tie break, but Roddick defied a terrible record against the great Swiss to force a decider. Amazingly, Federer hadn’t broken the Roddick serve in four sets of tennis, but the five-time champion finally broke through in the 30th game of the final set to record yet another historic Wimbledon triumph. It was the longest ever Grand Slam final in terms of games played. Apart from winning his fifteenth major title, he also reclaimed his number one ranking, jumping above Nadal.

Roger Federer after coming through a tough five-set battle with Andy Roddick in 2009. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

2012: Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4

After missing out on the final in 2010 and 2011- the first years he hadn’t made the final since 2002- Federer returned to the title match in 2012 to take on home favourite, Andy Murray. The Swiss recovered from dropping the opening set to close out the win in four, moving level with Peter Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles. Federer also returned to the No. 1 spot in the world rankings for the 286th week- a record.

Roger Federer recovered from a set down to beat Andy Murray in 2012. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

2014: Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-7 6-4 7-6 5-7 6-4

Seeking a record eighth Wimbledon title, Roger Federer took on Novak Djokovic in the 2014 final, but the great man fell just short in a gripping five-set contest. The first three sets were very tight, with Djokovic edging the score two to one, and the Serbian looked on course for victory when he established a 5-2- with the double break in the fourth set. However, Federer launched a stirring fightback, breaking a shell-shocked Djokovic three times in a sensational five-game run to drag the contest into an unlikely decider. Federer had all the momentum, and had his chance at 3-3 in the final set, but the Swiss failed to convert a break point. He would pay for that a few games later, as Djokovic broke at 5-4 to clinch an epic win, denying the Swiss that record eight title.

2015: Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 7-6 6-7 6-4 6-3

Federer had another shot at an eighth title in 2015, but yet again, he was denied by Djokovic. This one was not quite as dramatic as the 2014 final, but the outcome was the same as Djokovic finished strongly to close out a four-set victory.

Federer has been searching for a record eighth Wimbledon title since 2013, losing back to back finals in 2014 and 2015. Will the great Swiss finally get his wish when he plays Marin Cilic on Sunday?  

Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic is live from Wimbledon on Sunday, 16 July from 2:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST

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Roger Federer at Wimbledon finals: Relive the memories from Roger Federer's ten previous trips to the Wimbledon final [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

As Roger Federer prepares to take on Marin Cilic in his 11th Wimbledon final, we look back at Federer's 10 previous visits to the title match.

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