World number 1 Roger Federer had to work hard to earn the place in another final at Indian Wells last night, edging Borna Coric 5-7 6-4 6-4 in 2 hours and 20 minutes for his 11th final since the beginning of 2017 when he launched his impressive comeback. This will be the 147th ATP final for the 20-time Grand Slam champion and he notched another huge achievement, passing Ivan Lendl for the second place on the list with the most ATP finals in the Open era. Jimmy Connors is the leader with 164 and Roger is now 17 finals short of the great American.
Federer has been in an amazing form since the start of 2017 and if he keeps this level he will have a shot of reaching Connors' record in the next couple of seasons, also chasing the record 109 titles that Jimmy claimed during his illustrious career (Roger is on 97 before tonight's clash with del Potro). Prior to Indian Wells, Roger was tied with another eight-time Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl who played in 146th ATP finals between 1979-1994 and now there's no one standing between the Swiss and Connors. Federer started his journey in February 2000 when he reached the final in Marseille and Basel, still as a teenager, and he competed in at least one ATP final in the past 19 years (Connors also did that in 19 consecutive seasons between 1971-1989)! Here is the list of players with the most ATP finals in the Open era:
The number of ATP finals played by Roger Federer per season: