Roger Federer holds many records: 20 Slam titles, eight Wimbledon titles, 6 ATP Finals, 310 weeks as No. 1 of the ATP ranking, to name a few. During his long career, the Swiss Maestro has managed, year after year, to amaze fans, insiders, rivals and detractors thanks to his achievements.
Every time someone has shouted: "Roger has reached the end of his career!" the Swiss has responded with incredible success on the court. He did it after a bad 2011, he did it after a very bad 2013 and he did it after the disastrous 2016.
Yet, in his career, Federer has also collected very curious records, which few know, overshadowed by his most famous victories. For example, in the first 5 titles in a row at the Wimbledon tournament (2003-2007), he won 102 sets and he lost only 8.
For his 5 wins at the All England Club Bjorn Borg granted his opponents 19 sets. About Borg: in 2004 Federer was the first tennis player in history, after the Swede, to win 3 consecutive tournaments on 3 different surfaces: Wimbledon (grass-court), Gstaad (clay-court) and Toronto (hard-court).
The Swiss is one of only three tennis players in history, together with his two great rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, to have won at least 50 tournaments on one surface (he did it on hard-courts).
Roger Federer and the luck of the number 20
Among the unusual records, Roger Federer also holds the unbeaten record in North America: from defeat to the 2004 Cincinnati tournament against the Slovak Dominik Hrbatý, Federer achieved 56 successes on the Continent (49 in the United States alone), interrupted in the 2006 Cincinnati tournament against Andy Murray.
Not only that: Roger is the only tennis player in history to won tournaments in 19 different countries. Another curious record? Together with Andre Agassi and Novak Djokovic, he is the only tennis player in history to have won both the Paris tournaments, Roland Garros and Paris-Bercy. 20 is definitely his lucky number: 20 Slams won and, at least, 20 matches won per year for 20 consecutive years!
Federer is the first tennis player in history to have won a tournament on blue clay-courts, in Madrid in 2012, defeating Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the final. In 2011, as a 30-year-old, he became the oldest player to win the ATP Finals.
The Swiss is the only tennis player in history to have played fifteen finals in the same tournament, Basel. The second is Rafael Nadal with 12 finals played at Roland Garros, 11 in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. Federer also played 13 finals in Halle.
With the tenth success on the Basel indoor hard-courts Federer became the only tennis player in history to have won at least 10 ATP tournaments on two different surfaces: on the grass in Halle and on the indoor hard-courts in Basel.
When we talk about Roger Federer a lot of the most important records come to mind, such as those in the Slams, but to understand the greatness of the player we must not forget even the most curious and particular records.