Roger Federer is the player who has won the most titles in Grand Slam tournaments (20) and who has participated in the most finals (31). In 2009 with the victory in Roland Garros he completed the Career Grand Slam. He is the tennis player who has won the ATP Finals (6) several times (obtaining the highest number of participations in the final, 10) and who has won the most titles both on hard court (67) and on grass (19).
Nobody has held the #1 ranking for longer than Federer. In fact, not only has the Swiss spent more time ranked as the world’s best than any other, with his closest rivals Sampras and Djokovic 24 and 28 weeks behind respectively, he has also held the top spot for more consecutive weeks than any other.
Between February 2nd, 2004, when he displaced Andy Roddick, and August 17th, 2008, when Nadal dethroned him, Federer spent 237 uninterrupted weeks as the world number 1. At the 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships, the Swiss Maestro won his 100th Career Singles Title, beating Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final.
It was his eighth title in Dubai and he became only the second man after Jimmy Connors to reach the three figure mark in the Open Era. The 20-time Grand Slam champion didn’t believe he could win a hundred titles. He said, “I would love to win a 100 titles, I have 74 right now.
I don’t know if it’s possible, I don’t think it’s possible but we’ll see how that goes”. And now he will probably be looking ahead at another goal – winning the race to become the GOAT of tennis.
He has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times, including four consecutive awards from 2005 to 2008. He is also the only person to have won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times.