Roger Federer gloriously completed a career Grand Slam on Sunday by capturing a first French Open title, and a record-equalling 14th major, with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 win over Robin Soderling. The 27-year-old world number two finally won a Roland Garros crown at the 11th attempt and in his fourth successive final having come up heartbreakingly short in the last three showdowns against Spanish nemesis Rafael Nadal.
“It was probably my greatest victory, I was under big pressure. I did it and it’s phenomenal, It was great to be on the podium as a winner for a change. Andre said it was my destiny to win this and that I deserved it. Until the end of my career, I can play peacefully knowing that I will never again hear it said that I never won Roland Garros.” said Federer who broke down in tears after being presented with the trophy by Agassi, the 1999 champion, and while the Swiss national anthem was played.
“Roger was too good for me today, he played much better. He is a worthy winner and for me he is the best player in history, He gave me a lesson in how to play tennis.” said Soderling.
A tearful Federer slumped to the Paris clay in celebration as he secured his place as arguably the greatest player of all time.