Roger Federer is currently the most successful tennis player on earth, having staked up a myriad of titles and accolades in his sparkling career.
Be it his astounding successes in Wimbledon or the number of weeks at the top podium of the game, many of his accomplishments and records leaves everyone awestruck and in a state of wonderment as to who can top them.
In this article, we rate Federer’s top 5 tennis records.
5. 17 Grand slam titles
17, perhaps currently, is Federer’s magical number for this achievement of his, above all, puts him in the pole position to be dubbed as the greatest ever player by many.
Having broken Pete Sampras’ old record haul of 14 majors in Wimbledon 2009, the prolific Swiss cemented his place as the most successful grand slam player adding two more major titles after that (Australian Open 2010 and Wimbledon 2012) to currently sit pretty at the top of the list of all times grand slam titles won with 17.
Nadal, currently stuck on 14 and battling multiple injury woes, could have a crack at this mark. However, with Federer still displaying at times the flourishes of his old best, slam number 18 might not be that far away with Wimbledon 2015 looming.
4. 23 Consecutive Grand slam semi-final appearances
Playing 22 grand slam semi-finals is an achievement in itself which will leave anyone stunned to the core, but to do so on the bounce makes the feat even more special and astonishing.
That is because not only does it reflect the level of success that Federer has achieved in the game’s most coveted events but also reveals the staggering consistency displayed by him. In other words it means he did not experience any hiccups or blips before the last four stage of a grand slam for almost five-and-a-half years. Wow!
His coruscating streak was finally snapped by Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals of the French Open 2010. On this ride, Federer won 20 of the 23 semi duels, another feat sure to leave one’s mouth gaping in shock. In total, the Basel native has competed in 36 majors semi-finals.
3. Won five consecutive slams in two different majors
The green turf of the All England Club may be Federer’s most preferred and favourite surface for he not only carries very fond memories of his triumphs here but also because Wimbledon is the major he has won on a record seven times, five times in a row from 2003-2007.
However, this is not the only surface which the 33-year-old adulates. Federer has also won five consecutive slams from 2004-2008 in the US Open, coming agonizingly close of making it six in a row only to fall to Juan Martin Del Potro in a pulsating five-set epic in 2009.
Federer is the only man in the history of tennis to have won five slams on the spin in two different majors.
2. 237 consecutive weeks as the number one player
If getting to number one position in the world is a hard thing, maintaining it is a task even harder. Ask any great player who has been at the summit and he will tell you the same. And that is what makes this record of Federer all the more impressive.
He not only reached the zenith of the game, but remained there for 237 consecutive weeks, meaning he did not squander his number one ranking for almost four and a half year.
A real thrashing from Rafael Nadal in the French Open final in 2008 followed by a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the same opponent in Wimbledon a month later eventually brought an end to one of the greatest spell of dominance tennis had ever seen with Nadal taking the mace from Federer for a good one year.
However, a year later, Federer reclaimed it following his five-set triumph over Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon 2009. The Swiss then enjoyed another short spell at the game’s top position for 18 weeks to take his overall tally of number of weeks as number one player in the world to 302: that too being a record!
1. Winning three grand slams in a year thrice
This, for me, is Federer’s biggest achievement of all. When we talk of any of the game’s superstar nowadays and analyze their best season, it would normally, in fact almost every time, be one stellar season.
For Nadal, it was 2010 when he won three slams (2013 being another but featured only two slams). For Djokovic, it was 2011, when the pugnacious Serb went on a crazy match winning spree and pocketed three slams in Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
Federer, however, has accomplished this feat thrice.
Yes, not once, or twice, but thrice. He did it first in 2004, and then in back to back seasons in 2006 and 2007. So, it could be if one asks Federer which year of his career does he rate as the best, he might end up scratching his head and rolling his eyes over to come up with an answer.