The Most Elegant ‘100’

Roger Federer, who is considered as the greatest tennis player of all time, gently remarked – as always – above sentences right after being the only player after Jimmy Connors to have won 100 career singles titles or more in the Open Era. 

It is obvious that words fail to enumerate his records and achievements in tennis history.  Therefore, this study is fictionalized to focus on his performances in final games of the tournaments.

Quick Facts

  • Federer has played a total of 152 single final games.
  • His 100 ATP singles titles include a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, 27 ATP 1000 titles, and a record 6 ATP Finals.
  • From 2004 to 2007, he dominated tennis by winning 11 Grand Slams, 13 ATP 1000 and 3 ATP Finals, accounting for almost half of his titles in these tournaments. 
  • On account of the knee injury, 2016 was his first season since 2000 that Federer failed to win a title, but it also meant that he would have to drop out of top ten for the first time in fourteen years.
  • As for Grand Slams, Federer has won the most tournaments of any male player (20). He is also the only male tennis player to reach each final at least five times, to win three tournaments five times each, and to win two of these tournaments (Wimbledon & US Open) five consecutive times.
  • He lost the only final in the Olympic Games in London.
  • Federer’s most-defeated tournament in the finals is shown as the ATP 1000 in terms of both quantity (21) and percental (44%).
  • His most successful tournaments are his hometown event in Basel and the tournament in Halle (Germany) both of which he has won nine times.
  • He has never won the title in Monte Carlo and Rome, both of which he has lost four final games. He was also defeated five times by Rafael Nadal in these finals.
  • Indeed, his failures in Monte Carlo and Rome are surely shown in line with his low final performances in clay courts. On the clay, Federer got more defeats (15) rather than wins (11). What’s more, his long-standing rival Nadal was the main actor of 11 of 15 losses on the clay.
  • Wimbledon 2008 Final, which is widely regarded as the greatest match in the history of tennis, was the first final game on the grass that Roger Federer contented himself with a runner-up trophy.
  • Along with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro were the finalists Federer wouldn’t like to play against in a final game. Particularly in 2014 and 2015, Djokovic dispossessed Federer of eight titles, including US Open, Wimbledon, ATP Finals, Indian Wells, Coupe Rogers and Rome. 
  • Andy Roddick may be regarded as the unluckiest tennis player due to the fact that he had played a total of seven finals – including four Grand Slams (3 Wimbledon, 1 US Open) – against Federer and had never defeated him in a final game. 

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