After an epic two weeks at Wimbledon this year, Roger Federer emerged with an historic 19th career Grand Slam title. Here are 19 different things the Swiss maestro achieved at SW19 this year:
1. He’s the first man in history to win eight Wimbledons. Federer broke a tie with Renshaw and Sampras, who won seven Wimbledons, to become the first man ever to win eight Wimbledons.
2. He increased his lead for most ever Grand Slam titles for a man. Federer already led the all-time list with 18, and now he’s up to 19 - the next two on the list are Nadal (15) and Sampras (14).
3. Only twice in the Open Era has an older player, male or female, won a major. Federer was 35 years and 342 days when he won this title. Rosewall won two majors when he was older - the 1971 Australian Open (36 years and 73 days) and the 1972 Australian Open (37 years and 62 days).
4. He got his lucky 1,111th career match win. Federer crossed the 1,100 mark at the lead-up event in Halle, and his win over Cilic in the Wimbledon final pushed his career win-loss record to 1,111-247.
5. He moved from No.5 to No.3 in the rankings. A former World No.1, Federer moves from No.5 back to No.3 following his victory - an amazing feat given he was down at No.17 just six months ago.
6. He’s closing in fast on the Top 2. No.3 Federer now has 6,545 ranking points, not far from No.1 Murray (7,750 points) and No.2 Nadal (7,465 points). Plus he has zero to defend the rest of the year.
7. He qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals. Federer became the second player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals, after Nadal, marking his record 15th career appearance at the year-end finale.
8. He’s the first to five titles this year. Federer went into Wimbledon with four titles at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Halle - that tied him with Nadal for most this year, with the Spaniard winning Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Roland Garros. Federer now takes the lead again.
9. He’s now 9-0 against the Top 10 this year. That’s Berdych, Nishikori, Wawrinka and Nadal at the Aussie Open, Nadal and Wawrinka at Indian Wells, Nadal at Miami, Raonic and Cilic at Wimbledon.
10. He’s now 31-2 overall on the year. He’s still a ways away from the most wins on the year - he’s now tied for fifth-most, and Nadal is 15 wins ahead at 46 - but that’s an incredible .939 winning percentage. He also had match point in his only two losses (Donskoy in Dubai and Haas in Stuttgart).
11. He was playing his record 70th major. Just by playing Wimbledon, Federer tied Santoro for most majors played by a man in the Open Era. Venus Williams holds the women’s record with 75.
12. He’s now won 19 of those 70 majors he’s played. So basically, every three or four majors he plays - one in every 3.7, to one decimal place - he wins. And he’s won the last two he’s played.
13. He’s the third man in the Open Era to win multiple majors without losing a set. Federer hasn’t lost a set en route to two majors now - the 2007 Australian Open and 2017 Wimbledon. The only other men to do that in the Open Era are Borg and Nadal (who’ve done it at three majors each)
14. He kept the Wimbledon title in the Big Four family. No other major has been dominated by the Big Four like this one - Federer’s victory brought their winning streak at Wimbledon to 15 years in a row (the last time a player outside the Big Four won Wimbledon was Hewitt all the way back in 2002).
15. He improved to 7-1 against Cilic. Federer’s only loss against the huge-hitting Croat came in the semifinals of the US Open in 2014, 6-3 6-4 6-4 - Cilic went on to beat Nishikori for the title there.
16. He passed 10,000 aces for his career. During his first round match against Dolgopolov, Federer became the third man to pass 10,000 aces for his career after two Croats: Karlovic and Ivanisevic.
17. He’s now 91-11 at Wimbledon. By winning his first round match against Dolgopolov, Federer passed Connors for most match wins at Wimbledon for a man in the Open Era (Connors had 84).
18. He and Nadal have now split the first three majors of the year for the fifth time. Three of the four previous times - 2006, 2007, 2010 - one of them won the US Open. The other time it happened - 2009 - del Potro won the US Open, beating Nadal and Federer back-to-back in the last two rounds.
19. He’s now on a 14-match Grand Slam winning streak. He’s missed two of the last four majors, but you have to go all the way back to last year’s Wimbledon semifinals for his last loss (Raonic).
Can Federer keep that Grand Slam winning streak going in New York this summer? Stay tuned!