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Seven records by “GOAT” Roger Federer
Roger Federer has ruled Tennis for more than two decades now. Federer is not only a legend but someone who changed the sport forever. He carved his way to the top and remained at the helm for more than a decade. Sports lovers used to know tennis but once Federer stepped on the court, they became Tennis lovers.
He is one of those players who, all because of his brilliant performances, bought new fans for tennis and helped the sport to grow. The 40-year-old Swiss maestro has a long list of records to his name. Some records were invented by Federer.
We will look at the top seven records Roger Federer holds and there is a high possibility that he will be the only one to achieve those milestones.
7) First Player to win 10 grass-court titles at a tournament
Roger Federer, in 2019, became the first player to win 10 Halle titles after defeating David Goffin in his 13th Halle finals. In 2018, Federer faced a three-set defeat from Borana Coric. As the Swiss Maestro got another opportunity, he made sure that this time he came out as a winner. In the same process, he became the first player to win 10 grass-court titles. He also possesses the next best haul of grass-court titles at a tournament (8 at Wimbledon)
6) Second Player To Register 1200 singles Match wins
Roger Federer is known to make records and register his name in the list of some old records. A similar thing happened at the Miami Open. Federer is a three-time Miami Open winner. He was scheduled to face Kevin Anderson in the 2018 Miami Open. Federer made sure that he comes out as a winner in front of the Wimbledon Conqueror. During the process, Federer became the second tennis player after Jimmy Connors (1274) to win 1200 singles matches.
5) Second Player to win 100 Singles Titles
In Dubai 2019, Federer achieved another milestone in his career. He ended his long wait of achieving the 100th Grand Slam title by beating the greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas. It was his 8th title in Dubai. He won his 99th grand slam at his hometown, Basel, in 2018. By winning the Dubai title, he became the second tennis player to achieve 100 singles titles after Jimmy Connors who had 109 titles to his name.
4) Oldest Player to be Ranked Number 1
Roger Federer was 36 years old when he was named the number 1 tennis player in the world. This record of his came after winning the Australian Open in 2017. This was Federer’s 6th Australian Open title. He became the number 1 player in ATP and he, to everyone’s surprise, turned out to be the oldest player to be ranked number 1. Federer went on to produce some of his brilliant performances after that achievement. He only lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in the Indian Wells final.
3) First player to win eight titles at Wimbledon
In his 19th appearance in the Wimbledon tournament, Federer defeated Marin Cilic in straight sets in the finals to win his 8th Wimbledon title. In this process, Roger became the first player to win 8 Wimbledon titles without dropping a set. He overpowered Bjorn Borg who was an exceptional tennis player in 1976. After this win, Federer also stated that his 8th win at Wimbledon is closer to his heart and he will never forget it.
2) First Player to win 300 Grand Slam Matches
In 2016, Roger Federer wrote another record to his name after winning the Australian Open. He defeated Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the third round to successfully move to the fourth round of the tournament. This was his 16th appearance in the tournament. In the process, Federer became the first player to win 300 Grand Slam matches. He is the only player to date who has more than 300 Grand Slams wins. This record of Federer looks like a difficult task to break.
1) Oldest Winner at the ATP Finals
Whenever Roger Federer plays at the court, it looks like age is just a number. A similar thing happened when he won the 2011 ATP finals in his 10th appearance for the tournament. Federer defeated Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Rafael Nadal, and Mardy Fish in the round-robin stage. In the finals, he defeated David Ferrer to win his 7th final at the Australian Open. A three-set victory over Tsonga made him the first player to win six titles at ATP and in the same process, he became the oldest winner of the ATP tournament. This turned out to be one of his biggest and the most surprising achievements ever.
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Words: Shimit Mathur