Roger Federer’s Most Untouchable Records | ATP Tour

Some records are short-lived, some stand the test of time.

Roger Federer has consistently taken tennis to new heights throughout his 25-year career on the ATP Tour. As he prepares for the final tour-level event of his career this weekend Laver looks at some of the achievements most likely to keep Federer’s name in the record books for some time.

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#1 for 237 consecutive weeks
Federer’s 310 total weeks at the top of the Pepperstone ATP rankings may be over Novak Djokovic in March 2021, but the Swiss’ record of 237 consecutive weeks at the top is one that even the Serbian maestro has yet to beat.

The No. 1’s longest reign in Pepperstone ATP Ranking history began on February 2, 2004 when Federer was dethroned Andy Roddick from first place with his triumph at the Australian Open. He then began an unprecedented period of dominance on the ATP Tour, remaining at No. 1 until August 17, 2008, when he was usurped by Rafael Nadal.

Federer’s stint at the top of the game from 2003 to 2005 isn’t his only No. 1 record. The Swiss remains the oldest world No. 1 in Pepperstone ATP ranking history, having held the position in 2018 aged 36 years.

Won 24 consecutive tour-level finals
Reaching a final is usually a sign that things are going well on the pitch, but it takes something special to keep your cool and maintain your level in the pressure cooker environment of a championship match. Whatever that “something” is, Federer had plenty of it between 2003 and 2005 when he won an incredible 24 consecutive Tour-level singles finals in which he performed.

A triumph against it Carlos Moya in Vienna in October 2003 was the starting point for Federer’s historic run, which only ended in 2005 under the most dramatic of circumstances Nitto ATP Finals (then known as the Tennis Masters Cup) in Shanghai. Despite playing with an ankle problem, Federer had carved out a two-set lead in the league match earlier David Nalbandian made a stunning comeback to clinch the title at the season finale.

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Federer defeated Carlos Moya in Vienna in 2003. Photo credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images

Reached 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals
Even the best in the world have their days off, but these were few and far between for Federer at the Grand Slams between 2004 and 2010, when the Swiss showed exceptional consistency on the big stage to once again engrave his name in the world record books.

Federer reached at least the semifinals in 23 consecutive majors Wimbledon 2004 to Australian Open in 2010. He caught the eye Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals Roland Garros That year his streak came to an end, but another continued – his 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal heats in between Wimbledon 2004 and Roland Garros 2013 is also an ATP record.

Won two different Slams, five times in a row
Federer has been a consistent title threat at all four majors, but he has enjoyed unprecedented periods of dominance at two in particular. He won five times in a row Wimbledon Titles from 2003 to 2007 and replicated this series at the US Open between 2004 and 2008. Federer’s win against Andy Murray in the 2008 final in New York, he became the first ATP player to win two different Grand Slams in five consecutive years. And he made it almost six in a row! He lost five sets at the end of his five-year streak Wimbledon finally to Rafael Nadal and a set of five US Open finally to Juan Martin del Potro.

It was an achievement that failed even Bjorn BorgFederer’s captain in Team Europe this weekend Laver Cup, had achieved. However, the legendary Swede came close and won five times in a row Wimbledon Titles (1976-1980) and four consecutive Roland Garros Crowns (1978-1981).

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65 straight wins on grass
Federer’s elegance as he glided across a grass court was one of the qualities that made the Swiss so popular with tennis fans around the world. As well as his record eight Wimbledon Trophies, Federer was 10-time champion on the surface in Halle and also triumphed on the lawns of Stuttgart in 2018.

Federer exerted his dominance on the pitch early in his storied career. From 2003 to 2008, the Swiss went 65 straight games unbeaten on the surface, starting with his opening win at the 2003 event in Halle. As with so many of Federer’s records, it took an almighty effort from an opponent to break his winning streak, however Rafael Nadal was the man who did it with his epic five-set triumph over the Swiss in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest games of all time – the 2008 one Wimbledon Final.

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Federer in action in Halle 2006. Copyright: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Won at least one set in 194 consecutive games
Even if he didn’t get the desired result in the end, Federer rarely went down without a fight.

From June 2004 to August 2006, the Swiss won at least one set in 194 consecutive games. However, there wasn’t much to lose in this run. Federer went 184-10 overall during that streak, picking up 25 titles from 35 events played, including triumphs at the Australian Open (2006), Wimbledon (2004, 2005) and the US Open (2004, 2005).

1526 games, no departures
A knee problem may have forced Federer to retire, but the Swiss’ physique has nonetheless served him well over 25 years on the ATP Tour.

With this weekend Laver Cup In London, which will be his last tour-level event, Federer has so far played 1,526 singles and 223 doubles matches on the tour without retiring once. The stats reflect Federer’s reputation as one of the hardest-working and most rigorous professionals on the circuit, traits that combined with his distinctive talent produced one of the most consistent and dedicated players in ATP history.

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