Roger Federer surpasses Bjorn Borg on the all-time record in Canada.

At the age of 25, Bjorn Borg had already won more than 60 ATP titles and 11 Major championships, the majority of them on clay and carpet. On grass, the great Swede was the one to beat. He was one of the most successful players at the All England Club and won five consecutive Wimbledon championships between 1976 and 1980.

Results for Borg on hard courts weren’t as strong as they were on the other three surfaces. Nevertheless, between 1978 and 1981, he played in three US Open finals on that surface and won the Canada Open, one of his four titles on hard. The most fruitful year of this exceptional player’s career was 1979, when he won 84 of 90 matches and amassed 13 ATP trophies, including Major titles in Paris and London.

Bjorn also accomplished a remarkable feat that summer. After making it all the way at Wimbledon, Bastad, and Toronto, the Swede won back-to-back championships on three different surfaces, maintaining that record for the following 25 years!

The Swede lost both of his Wimbledon matches to Vijay Amritraj and Roscoe Tanner by a score of two sets to one. He surmounted all challenges to win the fourth straight title at the tennis acropolis, making history as the first player to do so since Anthony Wilding in 1913.

Bjorn traveled back to Sweden to compete against Bastad on clay, losing just 17 games in ten sets to add another championship to an already illustrious campaign. With this energy, Borg traveled to Toronto, where we saw him put up one of his best challenging performances.

The Swedish player won the fourth straight championship and the third on various surfaces despite dropping 10 games against the up-and-coming youths Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe in the semifinal and final, respectively.

In 2004, Roger Federer won back-to-back championships on three different playing surfaces.

Twenty-five years later, in 2004, Roger Federer dominated the Tour.

The Swiss won 11 titles with 74 victories in 80 games, making history as the first player to win three Major titles in a calendar year since Mats Wilander in 1988! Before Canada, Roger had only been defeated by Tim Henman, Rafael Nadal, Albert Costa, and Gustavo Kuerten.

After defeating Andy Roddick in four sets, Federer had no time to rejoice as he successfully defended his Wimbledon crown. The Swiss player returned to his hometown of Gstaad in what was likely his final chance to win the competition where he had made his ATP debut back in 1998.

In the second round against Ivo Karlovic, Roger narrowly avoided losing early. He defeated Igor Andreev in the championship match after two hours had passed to win his maiden title on home soil and fourth on clay. Roger returned to the court in Toronto after taking two well-earned weeks off.

He went all the way once more, defeating Roddick once more to claim his fourth Masters 1000 trophy. Federer then demonstrated his talent on several courts over a short period of time. A player who would join Borg and Federer on this exclusive list has yet to be seen.