Some records are short lived, others stand the test of time.
Roger Federer has repeatedly taken tennis to new heights during his 25-year career on the TSTIME. As he prepares for the final tour-level event of his career at this weekend’s Laver Cup, ATPTour.com looks at some of the feats that seem most likely to keep Federer’s name in the record books for some time to come.
237 Consecutive Weeks at No. 1
The total of 310 weeks Federer spent at the top of the Pepperstone ATP ranking may have been surpassed by Novak Djokovic in March 2021, but the Swiss record of 237 consecutive weeks in first place is one that even the Serbian maestro still has. has not been able to achieve. top.
The longest No. 1 reign in Pepperstone ATP Rankings history began on February 2, 2004, when Federer dethroned Andy Roddick from first place with his Australian Open victory. He then embarked on an unprecedented period of dominance on the TSTIME, remaining at No. 1 until August 17, 2008, when he was usurped by Rafael Nadal.
Federer’s stint at the top of the game in 2003-2005 is not his only No. 1 related record. The Swiss remains the oldest No. 1 in the world in the history of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings after retaking the 36-year position in 2018.
Won 24 Consecutive Tour Level Finals
Reaching a final is usually a sign that things are going well on the track, but it takes a little something extra to keep your cool and level up in the pressure cooker environment of a championship match. Whatever that “something” is, Federer had enough between 2003 and 2005, when he won an incredible 24 consecutive tour-level singles finals in which he appeared.
A triumph against Carlos Moya in Vienna in October 2003 proved the starting point for Federer’s historic run, which only came to an end in the most dramatic of circumstances at the 2005 Nitto ATP Finals (then known as the Tennis Masters Cup) in Shanghai. Despite playing with an ankle problem, Federer secured a two-set lead to love in the championship game before David Nalbandian made a stunning comeback to take the title at the season finale.
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Federer defeats Carlos Moya in Vienna in 2003. (Image: JOE KLAMAR/TSTIME via Getty Images)
Reached 23 Consecutive Grand Slam Semifinals
Even the best in the world have their days off, but those were rare for Federer at the Grand Slams between 2004 and 2010, when the Swiss produced an extraordinary display of consistency on the big stage to get his name back in the record.
Federer reached at least the semifinals for 23 consecutive majors from 2004 Wimbledon to the Australian Open in 2010. He fell to Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals that year at Roland Garros when his streak came to an end, but another continued — his 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals between Wimbledon 2004 and Roland Garros 2013 is also an ATP record.
Won two different slams, five consecutive times
Federer was a constant title threat at all four majors, but he enjoyed unprecedented periods of dominance at two of them in particular. He won five consecutive Wimbledon titles from 2003 to 2007, repeating that series at the US Open between 2004 and 2008. Federer’s win over Andy Murray in the 2008 final in New York made him the first ATP player to win two different Grand Slams. won in five Consecutive years. And he made almost six in a row! At the end of his five-year streak, he lost a five-set Wimbledon final to Rafael Nadal and a five-set US Open final to Juan Martin del Potro.
It was a feat that even Bjorn Borg, Federer’s captain for Team Europe at this weekend’s Laver Cup, hadn’t achieved. However, the legendary Swede came close, winning five consecutive Wimbledon titles (1976-1980) and four consecutive Roland Garros crowns (1978-1981).
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65 straight wins on grass
Federer’s elegance as he glided across a lawn was one of the traits that made the Swiss so popular with tennis fans around the world. In addition to his record eight Wimbledon trophies, Federer was a ten-time champion on the surface in Halle and also triumphed on the lawns of Stuttgart in 2018.
Federer exercised his dominance on the lawn early in his storied career. From 2003 to 2008, the Swiss remained unbeaten on the surface for 65 consecutive games, starting with his opening win at the 2003 event in Halle. As with so many Federer records, it took a huge effort from an opponent to break his winning streak, but Rafael Nadal was the man to do it with his epic five-set win against the Swiss in a match widely regarded as a of the greatest of all time – the 2008 Wimbledon final.
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Federer in action at Halle in 2006. (Image: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Won at least one set in 194 consecutive matches
Even if he didn’t get the desired result in the end, Federer rarely went down without a fight.
From June 2004 to August 2006, the Swiss won at least one set in 194 consecutive matches. Not that much was lost in that run, however. Federer went 184-10 overall in that run, claiming 25 titles from 35 events played, including triumphs at the Australian Open (2006), Wimbledon (2004, 2005) and the US Open (2004, 2005).
1526 games, no retirements
A knee problem may have eventually forced Federer to halt his career, but the Swiss’s body has nonetheless served him well for 25 years on the TSTIME.
With this weekend’s Laver Cup in London as his last tour-level event, Federer has played 1,526 singles and 223 doubles matches on Tour so far without stopping once. The stat reflects Federer’s reputation as one of the most hard-working and rigorous professionals on the track, traits that teamed with his special talent to produce one of the most consistent and dedicated performers in ATP history.