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Roger Federer French Open 2021

Stat Wrap: Federer leads old guard, Swiatek continues French Open dominance

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Whet your analytical appetite with Tennishead’s look at the most interesting facts and figures from today at the French Open. Β 

With Roger Federer progressing as one of many tour veterans, and Iga Swiatek continuing to make it look easy at Roland Garros, here’s the stunning stats that Tennishead has rustled up for you.

Federer breaks another record

By defeating Denis Istomin in his first round match, Roger Federer created history as he became the first man to claim at least one Grand Slam win in 22 different seasons, consecutively from 2000-2021, surpassing Jimmy Connors, men’s record of 21, 19 consecutively from 1971-1989, plus two more in 1991 and 1992.

However, three women can boast better singles Slam win records than that, including both Williams sisters. Martina Navratilova claimed a Slam win in 23 seasons, including 22 consecutive years from 1973-1994, plus another at Wimbledon in 2004.

Serena Williams has 24 seasons with at least one Slam win spanning 1998-2021, while Venus has 25 from 1997-2021.

(stats compiled from ATPTour.com and WTA.com)

Swiatek shatters French Open opposition

Iga Swiatek has made it through almost every match she has ever played at the French Open with ease, and the story continued today.

In beating Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1, the defending French Open champion has now won all nine of her career Roland Garros matches.

Over those nine matches, Swiatek has won every match in straight sets, dropping just 35 games for an average of just under two games dropped per set (1.94 to be exact).

On clay more generally, Swiatek has dropped just 7 games over her last 6 sets, with five of them coming in one set, as this Twitter user pointed out after her first set against Peterson.

(stats compiled and calculated using WTA.com)

Second round a veteran affair as much as it is Next Gen showcase

Back in the men’s draw, today saw seven players aged 34 or older taking to the clay.

Those players are Roger Federer (39), Philipp Kohlschreiber (37), Andreas Seppi (37), Pablo Cuevas (35), Rafael Nadal (35), Richard Gasquet (34), Novak Djokovic (34), and Gael Monfils (34).

By comparison, eight players under the age of 25 played today in the top half of the men’s draw, and the average age of the top half of the draw in the second round was just over 28 years old, closer to 35 than 20.

Finally, Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest man to reach the third round of the tournament since Andrei Medvedev did it at 17 back in 1992. In further comparisons to the ‘King of Clay’, Alcaraz is the youngest man to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam since Nadal did the same at the 2004 Australian Open as a 17-year-old.

(stats compiled from ATPTour.com)


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