24 years and 103 titles – a close look at Roger Federer’s career

Roger Federer will play his last professional tennis match alongside his great rival Rafael Nadal on Friday night.

Federer and Nadal – with 42 Grand Slam titles combined – represent Team Europe in doubles at the Laver Cup and join Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in what is likely to be an emotional event at London’s O2 Arena.

Here, the PA news agency picks out some crucial stats on Federer’s extraordinary career as a singles player.

overcome inconsistency

Roger Federer competed as one of the favorites at Wimbledon in 2002 but lost in the first round (Rebecca Naden/PA Archive)

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Federer reached 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals between 2004 and 2010, including 10 consecutive finals from Wimbledon 2005 to the US Open 2007.

That consistency came from his calmness on the court, but the 20-time major champion once had a reputation for losing his temper and throwing his racquet during games, leading to some early ups and downs that lasted much longer than any of its modern players. day rivals.

Federer was hailed as the next tennis superstar after beating Pete Sampras in the fourth round at Wimbledon 2001 – as the American was vying for his fifth consecutive title – but he lost to Tim Henman in the quarters before being eliminated in the final first round the following year against unseeded Mario Ancic.

By the time he reached his first major final in 2003, he had played 309 singles games at tour level in five years.

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That tally is by far the highest among those who made it to five or more Grand Slam finals in Federer’s era.

Sampras had just 110 games to his credit before his first major final at the 1990 US Open, while Nadal had only played 127 before winning his maiden French Open in 2005.

Britain’s Andy Murray waited a long time before winning a Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2012, but he had already established himself before that by reaching four finals, the first of which came just after his 200th game in 2008 took place.

conquer America

Federer dominated the sport after reaching and winning his first Grand Slam final in 2003.

The tall Swiss won 15 of 25 Majors between his Wimbledon triumphs in 2003 and 2009, breaking Sampras’ record for all-time Grand Slam wins in just six years.

Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick in five sets in the 2009 Wimbledon final, beating Pete Sampras’ record of 14 majors (Owen Humphreys/PA Archive)

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Sampras and compatriot Andre Agassi were world nos.

Federer has played against 30 Americans in his singles career and holds a winning record over all.

Overall, he has won 105 of 118 singles matches against US players, with his win rate 89 percent higher than any other nationality he has faced more than 50 times.

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Federer’s main US rival was Andy Roddick, whom he played 24 times between 2001 and 2012. He won 21 of their encounters, including all four of their Grand Slam finals.

Thanks in part to Federer’s success, the American men currently find themselves in a 75-year drought that stretches back to Roddick’s 2003 US Open win.

The “Big Three”

Despite a period of individual dominance, Federer will be remembered as one of three all-time greats who shaped a remarkable era.

Together, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have won 63 out of 77 Majors since Wimbledon 2003.

The Swiss was largely unrivaled in accumulating his first 12 Grand Slam titles in four and a half years, but losing to Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final signaled a new phase in his career.

Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2008 in one of the greatest matches in history (Sean Dempsey/PA Archive)

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Federer would still collect eight more major trophies but they were spilled over a decade as he suffered a series of agonizing defeats first to Nadal and then Djokovic.

This is confirmed by his performances in the final stages of events.

Federer turned 49 of his 65 semi-finals into tournament wins between 2003 and 2007 – a success rate of 75 percent.

Between 2008 and 2015, Federer reached 92 semifinals but won just 35 trophies, halving his win rate to 38 percent.

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Renaissance under Ljubicic

Federer’s career appeared to be coming to an end in 2016 when losing to Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semifinals preceded a six-month absence from the tour.

However, rumors of his death proved premature as the Swiss made a glorious comeback in 2017.

Led by coach Ivan Ljubicic, Federer, 35, won four games against top-10 opponents – including three fives – and lifted his 18th major trophy at the Australian Open.

Roger Federer won the 2017 Australian Open after a six-month absence from competition (Aaron Favila/AP)

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In an interview with The Tennis Podcast this week, Ljubicic revealed how he encouraged Federer to be more aggressive with his backhand instead of cutting to avoid being defensive on rallies.

The tactic paid off against Nadal, whom he defeated in the final after collapsing in the fifth set.

It was Federer’s first win in a Major against his arch-rivals since Wimbledon in 2007 and sparked a streak of five wins in his last six games against Nadal.

Before working with Ljubicic, Federer had lost 23 of his 34 matches.

Ivan Ljubicic helped Roger Federer return to world number one at the age of 36 (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Inspired by his win in Australia, Federer triumphed without dropping a set at Wimbledon that same year, ending 2017 with seven titles and 54 wins from 59 games. It was his best year in terms of win rate since 2006.

Shortly after defending his title at the Australian Open in 2018, Federer returned to the top of the rankings at the age of 36, becoming the oldest number one man in history.

He would reach another grand final at Wimbledon and lose to Djokovic in heartbreaking fashion in 2019 before injuries plagued his final two years on tour.

fan favorite

  • Gustavo Kurten (2000)
  • Marat Safin (2001-02)
  • Roger Federer (2003-21)

Federer won’t retire as the most successful male player in history as Nadal and Djokovic have both surpassed his main tally of 20, but he will leave the game as his most popular son.

The Swiss seemed to enjoy crowd support in many of his 1,526 individual matches, no matter where he played or who he faced.

The ATP Fan’s Favorite Award has been presented at the end of each year since 2000, with Federer winning the vote for the past 19 consecutive years.

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