There are some records that Roger Federer will hold for a long time. The Swiss tennis player, who announced his retirement in a long letter published on social networks (first in the form of a video/podcast and then in writing), can still boast some successes that the other two members of the Big 3, Rafael Nadal, Exhibit and Novak Djokovic, have not yet managed to scratch.
The number of victories in a main draw, the number of consecutive weeks, the number of titles and victories at Wimbledon: all these are records that the Swiss, who has been absent for more than a year, still holds in the Men’s Tour.
Among them is a record always related to Grand Slam tournaments: Roger Federer holds the Open-era record of 10 consecutive Slam finals. A domain that began in 2005 in Wimbledon, his reign, and ended in 2007 with the US Open.
In that interim period, the Swiss champion has made seven of those titles in his favour: What he eluded was the three Roland Garros titles that went to Rafael Nadal. The dominance of the former number one in two Slams also begins in this series: five titles in a row in London and New York, again none like him.
Second in this ranking of consecutive finals always belongs to Roger Federer. Eight is the streak of the last consecutive acts, adding to his historic record: from Roland Garros in 2008 to the Australian Open in 2010.
In this case there were “only” four wins out of the eight finals played. It wasn’t just Rafael Nadal who shattered the dreams of the Swiss, but also an Argentine: Juan Martin Del Potro’s victory at the 2009 Us Open, who also broke the streak of five straight titles in New York.
Ivan Ljubicic talks about Federer
While Ivan Ljubicic recently admitted that Roger Federer’s loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final was very hard to digest, this time the Croatian coach made some curious revelations about his player’s future retirement in an interview with a Croatian newspaper.
In his opinion, the Swiss wasn’t at 100% of his ability during this edition of the London Grand Slam… “I tried to help him win another Grand Slam title and he won three, so I’m with that part satisfied my coaching career.
It’s a pity that he hasn’t been able to give his best in recent years due to health problems. He was also out of shape at Wimbledon in 2019 when he missed two match points in the final against Novak. He exercised modestly, between 60 and 70% of his capacity.
His body has come a long way and it’s understandable that it needs a break. There are no problems between us and never will be. We were friends and we will remain friends. And we’ll probably continue to work together on certain things. He will certainly compete in more exhibition matches because he loves tennis so much that he cannot live without it.”