Roger Federer says goodbye to tennis with the Laver Cup: it will be the Swiss champion’s last tournament as a professional tennis player. The player from Basel leaves tennis with numbers, and more, that have crowned him as King Roger: twenty Grand Slam titles, eight of which are Wimbledon; 103 titles in total, trailing only Jimmy Connors; number one in the world for a total of 310 weeks.
However, not only numbers, but also real records, which no one, not even the two youngest rivals, namely Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, have managed to take away. Roger Federer’s list of records is long and covers different areas, from the Grand Slam to the ATP ranking: the record for consecutive weeks as number one; the number of Grand Slam main draw wins; the number of wins at Wimbledon; the eight Wimbledons; all 5 in a row, both at the US Open and Wimbledon.
To this we must also add two records, which concern the Grand Slam finals: not only are there ten consecutive acts in a Grand Slam, but there is another fact that concerns the first seven Slams won.
Seven finals, seven Grand Slams
Roger Federer has not missed a Grand Slam final seven times in a row.
Since his historic first match back in 2003, when he won his first Grand Slam title and his first Wimbledon title, the Swiss champions have not lost a final for the next seven times. In 2004, he won three of four Grand Slams: Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open; in 2005 he only repeated in London and New York, while in Melbourne he did not go beyond the semifinal.
In 2006, the return to triumph at the Australian Open allows him to go back to 2/3, but at the French Open comes the first defeat in the final: to inflict on him, it is he who will become the King of Paris, namely Rafael Nadal, who triumphs in his second most famous clay court title in the world.
After that, Roger Federer has lost ten Grand Slam finals in his career: one in Australia; four times in both Paris and the All England Club; only two at the US Open.