Roger Federer career still dominating Nadal, Djokovic using key measure of success

The race to be crowned the greatest of all time is hotting up but in one measure of success it’s hard to argue for Nadal or Djokovic over Roger Federer


Roger Federer holds the record for the most times in a tennis career that a player has achieved a win ratio over 90% across the season. The Swiss maestro has managed this incredible feat a total of 4 times versus Nadal and Djokovic who have both managed to achieve it twice. Federer’s dominance during the three year period from 2004 – 2006 contributed to 3 of his 4 years with his comeback year in 2017 also being a season where he achieved a win ratio of over 90%.

What makes Federer’s achievements all the more astounding is that during this time he was playing many more matches across a season than is now normal for the top players. In 2005 and 2006 he played over 85 matches each season whilst still achieving a 90% win ratio. Only Djokovic in 2015 can match this incredible feat.

Roger Federer Djokovic Nadal win ratio

Federer currently stands at the top of the list of most Grand Slam singles titles with 20 but Nadal, with 19, and Djokovic, with 16, are very close behind. Both players are also a number of years younger than Federer so their chances of catching and overhauling his total seem good assuming they can both stay fit and carry on playing until the same age as Federer when he decides to retire.

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.