Lot # 1: Roger Federer’s Legendary 2011 French Open Match Used Racket - Resolution Photomatch to Last Career French Open Final

Category: Roger Federer

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Item was in Auction "2024 Legends Auction",
which ran from 5/14/2024 4:00 PM to
6/2/2024 10:30 PM



Presented is Roger Federer's match used, autographed racket from his legendary 2011 French Open run. 

Although Federer won his French Open title at the 2009 French Open, many agree that Federer's greatest clay court tennis was played by him at the 2011 French Open. Coming into the tournament, Federer was not the favorite. Rafael Nadal had won the tournament five previous times, and the meteoric rise of Novak Djokovic had captivated the tennis world. Previously in the shadow of the other two, Djokovic had emerged as the top player of 2011. Djokovic was undefeated in 2011 coming into the French Open; he won 7 titles in a row and beat Federer and Nadal three and four times, respectively.

Federer dominated his first five matches without dropping a set, setting up the anticipated showdown vs. Djokovic in the Semifinal. By that point, Djokovic had achieved a historic 43 match win streak, going more than 6 months without a singles defeat. Federer would put on what most consider the best clay court match of his career, defeating Djokovic at the peak of his powers. After a four-set war, Federer prevailed with an ace to seal the match 7-6(5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5(5), prompting the famous Federer finger wag. 

The final would be another chapter of the most iconic rivalry in tennis: Federer vs. Nadal XXV (#25). It was their first Grand Slam encounter since the 2009 Australian Open Final, and it did not disappoint. Federer continued where he left off in the semifinal, with barrages of brilliant shots coming off this racket to give him an early lead. Nadal ultimately lifted the trophy, but Federer pushed him to the limit and had many chances to win. It was perhaps the toughest French Open final the King of Clay has faced, and after the match Nadal said "When Roger plays like this, the opponent has nothing to do, sometimes." 

Roger Federer used this very racket during the 2011 French Open tournament, and also autographed it. The iconic racket is originally from the Roger Federer Foundation, and coveted Resolution Photomatch documentation accompanies it. This is the first ever Federer racket with a photomatch graphic to be auctioned! The incredible Resolution Photomatching graphic shows Federer with this very racket next to Nadal during the final. This is an absolute gem from Federer's storied career. The 2011 French Open was the last time Federer reached the final at Roland Garros, and it was unforgettable.

 

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