Roger Federer – His Greatest Career Stats
Roger Federer did so much within the sport of tennis, achieving a number of astounding records in his time as a pro.
Join Tennishead for a look at some of the most impressive statistical records held by the GOAT contender and 20-time Slam champion.
ATP Finals titles – Federer captures 6 year-end crowns
The season-ending tour finals invite only the eight most elite players from the year to battle it out for glory. Federer has competed at the event a record 17 times, debuting in 2002 at the age of 21.
After reaching the semi-finals that year, the Swiss reached five consecutive finals from 2003 to 2007, winning in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. He reached three more finals consecutively in 2010, 2011 and 2012, winning the first two to bring his championship tally to 6, another all-time record.
Federer reached the final twice more in 2014 and 2015 but could not add a seventh title, though he does also have the record for most final appearance with 10. Novak Djokovic could still overtake Federer, as he is joint second on five titles at time of publication.
Most men’s Wimbledon titles – Federer masters the field 8 times
The prowess of Federer on the grass is undisputed. After winning his maiden Major title at Wimbledon in 2003, the Swiss won four more consecutively before losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 final.
However, Federer still went 48-1 there between 2003 and 2009, claiming six titles and only losing that 2008 final. He then added a seventh in 2012 to equal Pete Sampras’ men’s record of seven.
Many thought it would remain that way as the Swiss did not win another Slam for four and a half years, but proceeded to win an eighth Wimbledon crown in the most dominant fashion in 2017.
Federer won that year’s grass Slam without dropping a set, the second time he had done so at a Slam, the first being at the 2007 Australian Open. Morevoer, he was only the second man in the Open Era to achieve such a feat at Wimbledon, after Bjorn Borg did so in 1976.
Most consecutive Slam final appearances – 10
In fact, Federer holds both first and second place in this category for the men’s tour. Starting at Wimbledon 2005 he reached 10 consecutive Slam finals before losing in the semi-finals of the 2008 Australian Open.
Federer won eight of those 10 finals, with both losses coming to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in 2006 and 2007. Even after failing to reach the Australian Open final in 2008, Federer then reached the final of eight more Slams consecutively from Roland Garros 2008 to the 2010 Australian Open. This streak earns Federer second place on the leaderboard too.
As such, between Wimbledon 2005 and the 2010 Australian Open, Federer reached 17 of 18 available Major finals, winning 12 and securing a win-loss record of 124-7 across the 18 events, a win percentage of 94.6%.
Most consecutive time spent at world number one – 237 weeks
While Djokovic recently overtook him for total weeks at world number one, Federer can still boast a dominant record that will likely remain unbroken for many years to come.
Once Federer first reached the very pinnacle of the game he stayed there for more than four years consecutively. The Swiss first reached world number one on 2nd February 2004 and stayed there until 18th August 2008, a streak of 237 weeks, just over four and a half years.
In that time Federer reached 15 Slam finals from 19 available, winning 11, including his five consecutive US Open titles. Moreover, he reached at least the semi-finals at 18 of the 19, only failing to do so at the 2004 French Open. The maestro is way out in front for most consecutive weeks as ATP world number one, leading second place Jimmy Connors by 77 weeks, about a year and a half.
Oldest world number one – Aged 36 years and 10 months
From consistency to longevity, Federer also boasts the record for the oldest singles world number one, man or woman. After 2008, Federer topped the rankings for two more periods from July 2009 to June 2010 and July to November 2012.
The Swiss then went more than five years without topping the ATP rankings and did not win another Slam in that time either. But after claiming the Australian Open title in 2017, Wimbledon that summer and another trophy in Melbourne for good measure, he was on the cusp of taking the spot from his rival Nadal.
That moment came in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Rotterdam Open. Federer defeated home talent Robin Haase to become the oldest ATP world number one aged 36 years and 195 days, beating the previous record by more than three years. He went on to win the tournament for a 96th career title
“I’m just very happy and very proud of this accomplishment,” he told reporters after being honoured for the achievement. “It didn’t just come overnight, I had to win three Slams and many Masters 1000s and other tournaments.
“I didn’t think I was ever going to come back here. So even the more great it is for me to achieve this.”
Federer and Nadal traded places for the number one spot through much of that 2018 season, with Federer’s last stint there ending on 24th June, just under seven weeks shy of his 37th birthday.
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