Roger Federer wins 8th Wimbledon title: A look at the numbers behind his record-breaking career

Behind Roger Federer's artistry and charm lies a ruthless streak of razor-edged steel which surfaced again on Sunday as he thrashed suffering Marin Cilic to secure a record eighth men's Wimbledon singles title.

The incomparable Swiss turned his 11th Wimbledon final into a procession and 23 days before his 36th birthday, he became the oldest Wimbledon men's singles champion.

A combination of photographs created in Wimbledon, southwest London on July 16, 2017 shows Switzerland’s Roger Federer holding up the trophy for each of his nineteen men’s singles grand slam titles: (centre) Wimbledon 2017, (Left hand block of nine from top L-R) Wimbledon 2003, Australian Open 2004, Wimbledon 2004, US Open 2004, Wimbledon 2005, US Open 2005, Australian Open 2006, Wimbledon 2006, US Open 2006, (Right hand block of nine from top L-R) Australian Open 2007, Wimbledon 2007, US Open 2007, US Open 2008, French Open 2009, Wimbledon 2009, Australian Open 2010, Wimbledon 2012, Australian Open 2017. / AFP PHOTO / STF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

19 reasons why Roger Federer is arguably the greatest male tennis player. AFP

With his 19th Grand Slam title, Federer further cemented his place as one of the greatest players to ever play the sport. Here's a breakdown of the numbers behind his successful and inspiring career.

Roger Federer in 2017

3 - Federer's current world ranking after winning Wimbledon.

5 - Number of titles won by Federer this season. He also won at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Halle. He has more titles than anyone else in men's tennis in 2017.

8 - Number of games lost by Federer in the Wimbledon final against Cilic making it the most one-sided men's singles final since Lleyton Hewitt defeated David Nalbandian for the loss of six games in 2002.

14 - Years between his first Grand slam title (2003 Wimbledon) and his most recent.

35 - His age when he won the 2017 Wimbledon title, making him the oldest winner of the tournament in the Open era. The record was previously held by Arthur Ashe, who was five days shy of 32 when he won it in 1975.

Unshakeable

0 - Number of sets dropped by Roger Federer in the seven matches he played at Wimbledon 2017. Federer joins Bjorn Borg as the only players in the Open era to win Wimbledon without losing a set. Borg accomplished the feat in 1976.

2 - Number of times that Federer has won a Grand Slam title without dropping a set throughout a tournament. He had previously achieved this feat at 2007 Australian Open.

3 - Only three players have achieved this feat: Federer, Borg and Rafael Nadal.

Career in numbers

5 - Only man to win five consecutive titles at two different Grand Slams — Wimbledon and US Open.

5 - He matched Borg's record of five consecutive Wimbledon titles in 2007.

8 - Number of titles won by Federer in Wimbledon, the most by any male player in history. He went past the previous record held by Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who each had seven All England Club titles.

10 - His run of reaching 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals was ended by Novak Djokovic in the 2008 Australian Open semi-finals.

19 - Number of Grand Slam singles titles won by Federer in his career after his victory at Wimbledon 2017. It is the most for any male player. In addition to eight Wimbledon titles, he also has one French Open title and five Australian and US Open titles. Nadal is second on the list with 15 Grand Slam titles.

23 - His record run of reaching 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals was snapped by Robin Soderling in the last eight of the 2010 French Open. That record is widely considered as one of the most astonishing in sport as it means Federer finished in the top four at a major for almost six successive years. His streak is more than double the previous record held by Ivan Lendl, who reached 10 consecutive Major semis.

29 - Number of Grand Slam finals reached by Federer, which is the most for a male player. Nadal is second with 22.

70 - Number of Grand Slams he has contested in. He holds this record jointly with Fabrice Santoro. If he competes at the US Open this year, he will of course surpass Santoro.

91 - Number of matches Federer has won at Wimbledon, which is the most by any male player in the history of the game. American Jimmy Connors is second with 84 victories.

93 - Number of career titles won by Federer including his Wimbledon victory. He has the third best tally for players in the Open era behind Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).

320 - Number of matches he has won at Grand Slams.

With inputs from Reuters


Published Date: Jul 17, 2017 05:54 pm | Updated Date: Jul 17, 2017 06:07 pm