Roger Federer And The Incredible Wimbledon, Grand Slam Statistic

Roger Federer has an incredible Grand Slam record as he was the first to 20 titles, but it is his Wimbledon achievements that put him on a different pedestal.

Roger Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles and was the first to 20 Grand Slam titles. (Image credit: Wimbledon Twitter)

Roger Federer is one of the greatest players in the history of Tennis. His sublime forehand, powerful but often fragile backhand, and precision serve made him a sight to behold for fans. If Rod Laver was the first legend of the Open Era and Pete Sampras pushed the barriers of excellence high, then Roger Federer set a benchmark that very few might ever emulate. During his near two-decade-long dominance of the sport, Federer has created envious records.

The fact that it coincided with the resurgence of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is a tribute to Federer and his greatness. Among the entire trio, he was the first to achieve the Career Grand Slam. Nadal and Djokovic only achieved it much later. Federer was the first individual to get to 20 Grand Slam titles. From a period of 2003 till 2007, Federer won a staggering 12 Grand Slam titles. There were certain trends in his domination.

Federer was the sublime master on the Grass Courts of Wimbledon. He was also a fantastic hard-court player. Clay was his ultimate Achilles heel as he won the French Open only once. Four times, he was denied the chance for glory by Rafael Nadal. The fact that he has a negative head-to-head record against both Nadal and Djokovic might dull his brilliance slightly. Federer’s dominance on hard courts has now been usurped by Djokovic. But, there is no denying the fact that he set the original benchmark for dominance.

Roger Federer and His Brilliance at Wimbledon

If there is one Grand Slam that defines the legend of Roger Federer, it is Wimbledon. In 2001, when he squared off against Pete Sampras, it was called the ‘Passing of the Generation Torch’. Sampras, the seven-time champion in Wimbledon, fell to Federer in five sets in the fourth round. That match saw the making of a new legend.

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For the next five years, Federer was simply sublime on whatever surface he played except on clay. On Grass and Hard Courts, his dominance was total. From 2003 to 2007, he won five consecutive Wimbledon titles. But, with Nadal proving to be a thorn in his flesh, his winning streak ended in 2008. That final, which lasted for four hours and 48 minutes, ended in near-darkness as Federer’s title was taken away by Nadal.

Federer was never the same after that. But, the legend showed that he is made of sterner stuff. In 2017, he broke the record for the most Wimbledon titles when he won against Marin Cilic. The win was his eighth Wimbledon title, the most for any male player. During the 2019 final against Djokovic, he was a point away from winning his ninth Wimbledon crown but in a spectacular reversal, Djokovic registered a crazy win.

Wimbledon is Federer’s backyard, having won 105 matches and having a 88 percent success rate in two decades. The Australian and US Open also have a high success rate for Federer. Here is the overall result for Federer in Wimbledon

YearRoundPlayerScore
19991stJiri Novak6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
20001stYevgeny Kafelnikov7-5, 7-5, 7-6 (6)
2001QFTim Henman5-7, 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-7 (6)
20021RMario Ancic3-6, 6-7 (2), 3-6
2003WMark Philippoussis7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
2004WAndy Roddick4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4
2005WAndy Roddick6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-4
2006WRafael Nadal6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3
2007WRafael Nadal7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2
2008FRafael Nadal4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8), 7-9
2009WAndy Roddick5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14
2010QFTomas Berdych4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6
2011QFJo-Wilfried Tsonga3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
2012WAndy Murray4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
20132RSergiy Stakhovsky6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
2014FNovak Djokovic7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 4-6
2015FNovak Djokovic6-7 (1), 7-6 (10), 4-6, 3-6
2016SFMilos Raonic3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 5-7, 3-6
2017WMarin Cilic6-3, 6-1, 6-4
2018QFKevin Anderson6-2, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-6, 11-13
2019FNovak Djokovic6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 12-13 (3)
2021QFHubert Hurkacz3-6, 6-7 (4), 0-6

Roger Federer Grand Slam Titles, Records and Finals

The number of titles that Federer won has made him an immortal hero. He is the only player currently to have won more than 100 ATP titles. The number of matches that Federer has won is 1251, just 23 behind the all-time record of 1274 set by Jimmy Connors. It was Roger Federer who broke the No.1 ranking record when he was on top of the summit for 310 weeks at the start of the first decade. He was the first player to go past 300 weeks, breaking the previous record set by Sampras.

But, Federer has been in 31 Grand Slam finals and has tasted defeat in 11 of them. Out of the 11, six are to Nadal alone. The French Open, in particular, is a harsh blot on Federer’s greatness. While Nadal ended Federer’s grip on Wimbledon, Federer has never managed to beat Nadal in Roland Garros.

On the other hand, Federer dominated the early clashes against Novak Djokovic. In the first 20 encounters, Federer held a 13-7 head-to-head advantage. But, Djokovic turned the tables spectacularly as he won 20 out of the next 30 encounters. The loss of 11 Grand Slam Finals, predominantly against Nadal and Djokovic, highlights how the two players raised their game just to match Federer.

Roger Federer Grand Slam Record

YearEventWinnerRunner-upScore
2003WimbledonRoger FedererMark Philippoussis7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
2004Australian OpenRoger FedererMarat Safin7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2
2004WimbledonRoger FedererAndy Roddick4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4
2004US OpenRoger FedererLleyton Hewitt6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-0
2005WimbledonRoger FedererAndy Roddick6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-4
2005US OpenRoger FedererAndre Agassi6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1
2006Australian OpenRoger FedererMarcos Baghdatis5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
2006French OpenRafael NadalRoger Federer1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
2006 WimbledonRoger FedererRafael Nadal6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3
2006US OpenRoger FedererAndy Roddick6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
2007 Australian OpenRoger FedererFernando Gonzalez7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4
2007French OpenRafael NadalRoger Federer6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2007WimbledonRoger FedererRafael Nadal7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2
2007 US OpenRoger FedererNovak Djokovic7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4
2008French OpenRafael NadalRoger Federer6-1, 6-3, 6-0
2008 WimbledonRafael NadalRoger Federer4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8), 7-9
2008US OpenRoger FedererAndy Murray6-2, 7-5, 6-2
2009Australian OpenRafael NadalRoger Federer7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2
2009French OpenRoger FedererRobin Soderling6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4
2009WimbledonRoger FedererAndy Murray5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14
2009US OpenJuan Martin del PotroRoger Federer3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2
2010Australian OpenRoger FedererAndy Murray6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11)
2011French OpenRafael NadalRoger Federer7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-1
2012WimbledonRoger FedererAndy Murray4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
2014WimbledonNovak DjokovicRoger Federer7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 4-6
2015WimbledonNovak DjokovicRoger Federer7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3
2015US OpenNovak DjokovicRoger Federer6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
2017Australian OpenRoger FedererRafael Nadal6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2017WimbledonRoger FedererMarin Cilic6-3, 6-1, 6-4
2018Australian OpenRoger FedererMarin Cilic6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
2019WimbledonNovak DjokovicRoger Federer7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3)



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