Roger Federer: Only Man To Win 20 Singles Grand Slams But Not The Only Player

| January 29 , 2018 , 19:32 IST

On Sunday, Roger Federer won his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title with a five-set victory over Marin Cilic. With this win, he became the first and only man to acquire 20 Grand Slams. But he is not the First Player in Tennis World who achieved this milestone.

He comes on the fourth number in the list of players who achieved 20 Grand Slams. Before him, three women have already reached this milestone. Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf have already show-cased 20 Grand Slam titles.

In the year 1970, Margaret Court from Australia became the first Tennis player to win 20 grand slam titles by winning all four grand slam singles tournament during the same calendar year. She played 36 singles open to achieve 20 Grand Slam title and before her retirement in the year 1975, she collected 24 Grand Slam titles. Her 47th open tournament was last of her career. Currently, she is a Christian minister in Perth, Western Australia. She still holds the record for winning most Grand Slam titles by any tennis player in the world.

Stafanie Maria "Steffi" Graf is former German professional tennis player. She was ranked no. 1 and won her 20th Grand Slam title in the year 1996. After Margret Court, she became the second women to win 20 Grand Slam titles for which she played 48 Grand Slam tournaments. Before her retirement at the age of 30 in 1999, she acquired 22 Grand Slam titles from her 56 tournaments.

Serena Williams played her first open tournament in 1998 and got her first Grand Slam breakthrough in the 1999 US Open. She became the first player of the 21st century to win 20 Grand Slam title and the third women to do the same. It took her 59 tournaments to achieve this goal. Serena is the only tennis player to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She has a total of 23 grand slams to her record as of now.

After his record breaking victory at the Australian Open yesterday, Federer was asked about chasing Margaret Court's record. He replied that it was very unlikely.

Federer said “I don’t know, I don’t think so. I didn’t think 20 was ever possible to be honest. I think it’s too far.”  

“It’s not something I’m looking at. I’ve never thought about it to be honest. Those numbers are surreal and they’re amazing. I’m very happy if it stays at 20, but what a moment,” he added.