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Roger’s 2012 highlights: in statistics, records and numbers

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As we head towards the end of the year I wanted to take a look at Roger’s phenomenal 2012 and thought the numbers presented an interesting picture. So if you are a tennis stats geek like me, this post is for you. Enjoy!

In the year 2012,

  • Roger Federer regained the #1 ranking on July 9th 2012 after a gap of 2 years. He held on to this ranking for 17 weeks which pushed his career total number of weeks at #1 to a new record of 302 weeks (and in the process shattered the previous record of 286 weeks held by Sampras).
  • Roger won 1 Grand Slam title (a record 17th), 5 ATP titles (which took his career total of Masters 1000s to a record tying 21 titles), and a Silver medal in singles at the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Federer played 17 tournaments in 2012 (excluding Davis Cup). Out of the 17, Roger reached the Finals in 10 of them and won 6. He also reached 15 SFs, 1 QF and suffered 1 R3 loss.
  • He won 6 titles out of which he won Rotterdam for the 2nd time, Dubai for a record 5th time, Indian Wells for a record 4th time, Madrid for a record 3rd time (Most wins in Madrid, not total), Wimbledon for a record tying 7th time and Cincy for record 5th time.
  • Roger played a total of 83 matches in 2012, winning 71 and losing 12.
  • Out of his 12 losses Roger lost to Novak 3 times, Andy 2 times, Delpo 2 times, and Nadal, Berdych, Haas, Roddick, Isner 1 time each.
  • He lost to players ranked 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 17, 34 and 87. Meaning the only players he lost to outside the top 10 were Isner, Haas and Roddick. Out of them Haas was a former world #2 and Roddick a former World # 1.
  • He faced 53 opponents in 2012 out of which he played Del Potro the most, facing off 8 times this year, and winning the first 6.
  • Out of the top 10 players, Roger played Novak 5 times, winning twice; he played Andy 5 times, winning thrice. Roger also faced off against Nadal, Berdych, Ferrer and Tipsarevic two times each. He won both matches against Ferrer and Tipsarevic and split the results against Nadal and Berdych.
  • Other players of the ATP he faced more than once in 2012 include Milos Raonic and Mikhail Youzhny who he played 3 times each. He also faced Andreas Seppi, Bernard Tomic, John Isner, Julien Benneteau, Nicolas Mahut, Nikolay Davydenko, Stanislas Wawrinka and Thomaz Bellucci twice each.
  • The maestro played 220 sets in total, winning 171 and losing 49.
  • He played 35 tie breaks in 31 matches (4 matches had 2 tie breaks in each match). Out of these 35 Roger won 20 and lost 15.
  • Federer came back from 2 sets down to win the match twice, against Benneteau in R3 of Wimbledon and Del Potro in the QFs at Roland Garros.
  • He also came back from a set down in 9 matches 7 of which were 3-setters.
  • He played Milos Raonic 3 times and lost the first set each time before winning all 3 matches.
  • Out of the 71 matches he won, 51 of the wins were in straights sets; these include a straight sets win over Novak and 2 such wins over Murray.
  • Roger lost 6 of his 12 losses in straight sets including all 3 of his losses to Novak, both of his losses to Murray and 1 to Haas.
  • The Swiss won 14 of 17 clay court matches at 82.35% success rate; He won 15 out of his 17 grass court matches with a success rate of 88.24%; Roger also won 42 of 49 hard court matches with a success rate of 85.71%.
  • Out of the 11 indoors matches he played, Federer won 7 with a success rate of 63.64% (which is quite low indeed for Roger). Out of the 72 outdoor matches Roger played, he won 64 of them and thus was successful 88.89% of the time.
  • Roger withdrew from a tournament for only the 2nd time in his career. He withdrew before playing the SFs with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Qatar Exxonmobile Tournament.
  • Roger received 3 walkovers this year, Andreas Beck in R2 at the Australian Open, Mikhail Youzhny in R2 at Rotterdam and Mardy Fish in R4 at the US Open.
  • Roger skipped 2 Masters 1000 tournaments, the Rogers Cup in Toronto and Paris Bercy due to fatigue though both were initially on his schedule.
  • Roger qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals for his 11th consecutive year.
  • Last but most certainly not the least, Roger won his 8th Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award in 9 years and his 10th consecutive ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favorite Award. No other player is even remotely close to those figures.
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