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My rant… in stats


As we know by now, Roger Federer lost in the third round of the Australian Open. I donโ€™t like to write about losses so I figured I would come back to the blog when I finally had something else to talk about. But then came the deluge of stats all over the media: of streaks getting broken, measurements of his failure and indicators of his fall from grace. So I decided I had enough of this nonsense and compiled my own list of stats and records that โ€˜measureโ€™ Roger Federer, as of his latest matches in Australia in 2015. Here we go!

  • 2f_federer_08222012_005-2Roger holds the record for most Grand Slam titles (17), most Grand Slams finals (25), SFs (36) and QFs (43) and NONE of these records will get crossed in 2015. The closest active players are Nadal for total Grand Slam titles (14) and finals (20), while Djokovic is the first active player behind him for most SFs (25) and QFs (31).
  • Roger holds the record for many consecutive Grand Slam streaks as well. He won 3 Grand Slam titles in a row and shares that with Sampras, Nadal and Djokovic. But guess what? He is the only player who did this twice, in 2006 and 2007 ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Roger holds the record for most consecutive Grand Slam finals by reaching 10 finals in a row from Wimbledon 2005 to US Open 2007. But guess what? He holds the 2nd place too with 8 consecutive finals reached from Roland Garros 2008 to Australian Open 2010 ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Roger holds the record for most consecutive Grand Slam SFs with 23. It started in Wimbledon 2004 and continued till the Australian Open 2010. The closest player behind him is Djokovic with 14.
  • Roger holds the record for most consecutive Grand Slam QFs with 36. This started in Wimbledon 2004 and stretched on till Roland Garros 2013. Djokovic is in 2nd place with 23 and this is an active streak. But in order to cross Rogerโ€™s record, Djokovic needs to reach the QFs of every Grand Slam from now till Wimbledon 2018.tumblr_mbra6vJakk1qhlf7eo5_r1_500
  • Roger shares the record for the most consecutive Grand Slam matches won with Djokovic. They both won 27 matches in a row but guess what? Roger did it twice, meaning he has two streaks of winning 27 Grand Slam matches in a row ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • By participating in the 2015 Australian Open Roger has now played in 61 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments extending his own all-time record. Ferreira trails him in 2nd place with 56.
  • Roger has played in a total of 63 Grand Slam tournaments. He is tied at 2nd place with Hewitt and they both trail Santoro in 1st place with 70.
  • Roger has won 281 Grand Slam matches which extended his own all-time record even more. Connors is a distant 2nd with 233 Grand Slam match wins.
  • Roger has won a record 75 matches at the Australian Open. Nobody else has even won 60 matches at this tournament and in fact, Edberg is in 2nd place, with 56 match wins.
  • Roger has won a record 147 hardcourt Grand Slam matches. Agassi is in 2nd place with 127.
  • Roger won his 1,000th career match in the Brisbane final and has a total of 1,002 wins now. He is in 3rd place behind Lendl and Connors. BKEphlhCYAEjUbb
  • Roger has now played 1,230 matches in his career. He is in 3rd place behind Lendl and Connors. Ferrer is the next active player to have played the most matches, 905. Thus, Roger has more match WINS (1,002) than the total number of matches PLAYED by any active player.
  • Roger won his 83rd career title in Brisbane. He is in 3rd place behind Lendl and Connors.
  • Roger played his 125th career final in Brisbane. He is in 3rd place behind Lendl and Connors.
  • Roger won his 23rd ATP 250 title in Brisbane. He is in 2nd place behind Muster with 26.
  • Roger played his 31st ATP 250 final in Brisbane. He is in 3rd place behind Muster and Roddick who reached 32 finals each.
  • Roger set a new record in Brisbane for winning at least one title for 15 consecutive years from 2001 to 2015. The previous record was by Lendl for 14 consecutive years.1104111155551300957972593
  • Roger now has 62 outdoor titles. He is tied at 1st place with Nadal.
  • Roger has 57 hardcourt titles extending his own all-time record. No other player has ever won even 50 hardcourt titles; Connors is in 2nd place with 49.
  • Roger has won a career total of 750 outdoor matches. He is in 3rd place behind Connors and Vilas.
  • Roger has won a career total of 623 hardcourt matches extending his own all-time record. No one else has ever won 600 hardcourt matches. Agassi is in 2nd place with 598 hardcourt match wins.
  • Roger continues to hold the record for most matches won against top 10 opponents with 183 wins. Nadal and Djokovic are behind him in 2nd and 3rd place.
  • We all know Roger holds the record for most weeks ranked as #1, both total and consecutive. However, Roger also holds the records for most weeks ranked in the top 2. Roger has spent a total of 433 weeks ranked in the top 2 as of January 19th, 2015. Lendl is in 2nd place with 409 weeks. Furthermore, Roger spent a record 346 consecutive weeks ranked in the top 2 ahead of Connors in 2nd place with 300 consecutive weeks.

222There it is. A quick snapshot at the records the Maestro holds and will continue to improve on once he comes back on tour in a monthโ€™s time in Dubai. The crazy thing is, this list is only the tip of the ice-berg. So the next time people try to bring you down by quoting a stat of his recent โ€˜failuresโ€™, just throw back a few of the above in their faces and tell them, with all that winning, and setting records and being insanely great over a ridiculously long period of time, even super heroes can have an off day. Therefore, they can shove their faces into the nearest pillows available because their favorites could never dream of the heights we have reached and they will never know how glorious the view is from that far up into the stratosphere. Game, set and match, Federer and his fans.



***I used older photos from my collection to depict the many faces of Roger rather than the sad images that were being used in the media recently. Unfortunately I don’t know the sources of these photos, they have been collected by me over many years. If you know of the sources, do let me know and I will include them here.***


15 thoughts on “My rant… in stats

  1. Lovely reminder of those incredible stats!!!! Most are pretty much untouchable for the active players ๐Ÿ™‚ The level of consistency achieved over so many years is just mind blowing ๐Ÿ™‚ He is the BEST…better than the rest… #GOAT
    Our true superhero! You chose great pics of Rog here ๐Ÿ™‚ (y)


    • Thanks for reading and commenting! I think what amazes me the most about his records is the sheer volume of it. Sure, one or two might get crossed but he has a zillion more! He was soooo good for soooo long it’s unbelievable ๐Ÿ™‚

      And I’m glad you liked the photographs! they go much better with the tone of the post than those tired looking AO ones all those articles used after he lost; or at least that’s what I thought ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for reading and I hope you visit the blog again!


  2. I adore you. Seriously. This post has elated me. I haven’t read anything about Roger’s loss, seeing it was quite sufficient and I don’t need anyone’s comment on it apart from Roger’s own, which I made sure to hear. I trust in him unshakeably and am waiting for Dubai. Still, this post is elating. And I love the photographs you chose. They emphasise your concluding remarks brilliantly. Allez, and see you in Dubai! โ™ฅ


    • Lovely to see your comments on my post again Weronika! You were right to not read anything else about his loss apart from his own words. That’s always a good tactic. Nonetheless, I’m glad you read this post and that you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to celebrate his achievements which are greater than all the players currently playing at AO right now *sigh*As for the photos, I liked them too ๐Ÿ˜› I was looking through the latest AO photos and whil some were beautiful, I felt they didn’t go with the post itself. So I dove into my own collection and found these hidden gems! Thanks for commenting and definitely see you in Dubai!


  3. So glad to read this! I was sad for a bit after the loss but I must admit, reading Roger’s presser and just reflecting on all he accomplished last year and then getting the 1,000th win, it’s hard to stay down for too long! Thanks so much for this. I love reading your stats! I always say my favorite Federer stat is how many different stats he has!


    • Hi Deborah! Thanks for commenting! I DO know of your favorite Federer stat and I actually thought of you while compiling the stats for this post. I had a feeling you would enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ Considering how much he said AO felt like the end of last season to him, I am inclined to think it caught up with him against an in-form Seppi. Maybe he peaked too early, like winning Brisbane, but Brisbane gave us his 1000th win and a title already for this year so I wouldn’t change that. Hopefully he is enjoying his time on the white sandy beaches in the Maldives and then perhaps this loss will increase his motivation even more. Fingers crossed for that! Just over 3 weeks to go till Dubai!


  4. I may have said this on Twitter but I think AO 2015 was the price exacted for Davis Cup 2014. He and Stan played every tie and Roger played more matches than anybody else on tour. That final match was played on the slowest surface I have ever seen, not exactly what a man with a bad back needed. Yes, Roger was able to persevere and get Brisbane but I just think he ran out of steam.


    • I agree wholeheartedly. A totally isolated off-season might have helped but the season was so long already and then there were certain things he had wanted to do in the off-season, like go to India and do Christmas in SUI which must have been extra special with the twins boys there as well. So he probably figured he would try to last till AO and then take the break. But like you said, given he had played the most out of anyone, even Stan, plus the back issues at the end and the fact that he already achieved a title for the year and his 1000th match win, he came into the AO extra tired and probably also mentally drained. He didn’t play a particularly good tournament in Brisbane. Towards the end, it was his winning mentality that got him there in the end. So I think he was exhausted both mentally and physically by AO. Here’s hoping he is finally getting the off-season he wanted. He’ll get another break after IW if he chooses to skip Miami and then also if he doesn’t play Monte Carlo. These breaks will help. Means less Roger for us in the interim, but if that leads to more Roger for longer then I am all for it. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I do not have to find an explanation for Mr. Federer. I think it is the nature of the beast. Sometimes you’re up and way up and sometimes you get down. I have made peace with the result. He isn’t making any excuse for the loss other than he did not play well. He’s older and his reaction time is not what it use to be. He’s Dumbledore in my mind. Might be slower BUT he still is more than formidable. He’s a very solid number 2 in the world, was a hair’s breadth from being back at number 1 and no one thinks his being there isn’t a quality ranking. He might not win another major (HOPEFULLY THIS IS NOT THE CASE) but I think he has done everything he needed to do to show that he’s the ultimate despite all of the challenges thrown his way.

    Nonetheless, I am so happy to have read all this because I recently saw someone saying, “We are in the Djokovic era” and I just had to sip my tea because that was some utter bitter crazy water than fan was drinking! Made no sense at all.

    Mr. Federer is near EVERYTHING to me in terms of a sports champion! I cannot express enough how much his class, grace, knowledge of the game and his conduct within the sport should be a model for many others.


  6. Reblogged this on Realz Tenis Fanz and commented:
    Least we FORGET HOW GREAT Mr. Federer is and was!! This is by “RogerFedererFan” and despite our shared admiration for Mr. Federer, it is without a doubt that it is pure undiluted truth in this post right here!! This is RealzTenisFanz approved!


  7. great record… forever legend.. all times


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