After five years without a major title, Roger Federer returned to beat rival Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open final

Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player. He was ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals for 310 weeks, including a record 237 consecutive weeks, and has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times

Roger Federer has a losing record against his biggest rivals. Rafael Nadal got him 24 of the 40 times they played and Novak Djokovic won 27 of their 50 clashes. And he has fewer grand slam titles than either of those guys.

Federer was the first of the "Big Three" to emerge. When he beat Pete Sampras in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2001, it was a neat "passing of the torch" moment.

Even though Sampras won one more major (the 2002 US Open) after that, Federer took over from Sampras as the dominant force in the men's game with his first Wimbledon title the next year, and he unequivocally improved on everything the big-serving American had done.

Roger Federer won his first grand slam title at Wimbledon 2003 and didn't look back

In a sport starting to become dominated by athleticism, Federer remained the ultimate tennis player.

Tennis legend Roger Federer announces retirement

We know now that they eclipsed his total, but he did everything he could while he was still playing to keep his nose in front.