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Australian Open: Age no issue, says Roger Federer after 20th Grand Slam title
Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1981. He has been a professional tennis player for 20 years since 1998 and won over 1,000 games and 96 titles. Surely, he is still one of the top players in the world even at his age. What makes him one of the best players in tennis history is that he has just won his 20th Grand Slam title, more than any other man before him.
Grand Slam, or majors, are the four most important annual tennis events. They are the Australian Open played on hard court, the French Open on clay court, Wimbledon on grass court, and the US Open on hard court. Federer has won these major titles five, one, eight and five times respectively. The closest man to this milestone achievement is his archrival Rafael Nadel, who has won 16 titles.
His recent Australian Open title is so significant because he now has one-tenth of all the four major titles, or 20 titles out of 200 in total since tennis became a professional sport in 1968. That also means 20 major titles in 20 years of his professional career. No wonder why he got emotional when he accepted the trophy. In fact, he didn’t seem to have hesitated to share the joy with the crowd.
Enjoy reading and learning about his remarkable achievement.