Roger Federer: 20 stats for his 20th Grand Slam title

by: John Berkok | February 03, 2018

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Roger Federer is the world No. 2, but he has looked like the best player on tour as of late. (AP)

History was made this past Sunday, as Roger Federer won a milestone 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Here are 20 different things the Swiss legend achieved in Melbourne this year:

1) He’s the first man in tennis history to win 20 career Grand Slam titles. Only three players have done it in the history of the sport and they’re all women—Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22).

2) He tied the all-time men’s record for most Australian Open victories. Federer’s six Australian Opens (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018) tie him with Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic.

3) He successfully defended a Grand Slam title for the first time in almost a decade. With back-to-back Australian Open titles in 2017 and 2018, Federer has successfully defended a Grand Slam title for the first time since winning back-to-back US Opens in 2007 and 2008—almost 10 years ago.

4) He’s now won 10% of all of the Grand Slam titles in the Open Era. The 2018 Australian Open was the 200th Grand Slam event of the Open Era, and Federer’s won 20 of them—or one of every 10.

That stat is even more impressive given he wasn’t even born until 13 years into the Open Era.

5) He crossed the $115 million mark in career prize money. With his $3,164,800 payday from the Australian Open, Federer now has $115,050,482 in career prize money, the most in history for a tennis player, male or female. The only other player to cross $100 million is Djokovic ($109,995,291).

6) He’s really, really close to No. 1. Federer is now just 155 ranking points behind Rafael Nadal—Nadal has 9,760 ranking points, Federer 9,605. Federer will have a lot to defend in March, having won both Indian Wells and Miami last year, but he’s only defending 45 points until then (Nadal’s defending 300).

7) If he gets to No. 1, he’ll be the oldest player ever—male or female—to be No. 1. Serena has the current record, last holding No. 1 when she was 35. If 36-year-old Federer does it, he’ll surpass that.

8) Only once in the Open Era has an older player, male or female, won a major. Federer won the 2018 Australian Open at 36 years and 173 days, which makes him the second-oldest player in the Open Era to win a major. Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open at 37 years and 62 days. 

9) He improved to 9-1 against Cilic. Federer’s only loss against the huge-hitting Croat came in the semifinals of the US Open in 2014, 6-3 6-4 6-4. Cilic went on to beat Nishikori for the title there.

10) He’s now won 15 of his last 17 matches against Top 10 players. His win over Cilic, who was No. 6 at the time but now No. 3, improved his record against Top 10 players since the start of the 2017 season to 15-2 (his only losses came against Alexander Zverev in Montreal and David Goffin at the ATP Finals).

11) He improved to 20-10 in Grand Slam finals. His 30 Grand Slam finals are the all-time men’s record by a long way—the next two on the list are his toughest rivals Nadal (23) and Djokovic (21).

12) He’s now won three of the last five majors. Last year, Federer won the Australian Open, skipped the French Open, won Wimbledon and reached the quarterfinals of the US Open (falling to Juan Martin del Potro). With his win at the Australian Open this year, that’s three of the last five (and three of HIS last four).

13) He’s now won 25 of his last 26 matches at majors. His 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 loss to del Potro in Flushing Meadows last summer is his only loss at a Grand Slam since the start of the 2017 season.

14) He was playing his 72nd career major. Federer has the men’s record for most majors played in the Open Era and there’s only one woman who’s played more than him in the Open Era—Venus Williams (77).

15) He’s now won 20 of the 72 majors he’s played. That’s roughly one out of every four (27.8%). And if you start with the first major he won, Wimbledon in 2003, it’s 20 out of the last 56 (35.7%).

16) He also led Switzerland to the Hopman Cup title. Before the Australian Open, Federer went unbeaten at the Hopman Cup, not just going 4-0 in singles, but 4-0 in mixed doubles too (alongside Bencic) as Switzerland lifted the title for the first time since 2001 (Federer was also on that team).

17) He’s now even in five-set Grand Slam finals. With his 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Cilic, Federer is now an even 4-4 in one of the toughest situations there is: five-set Grand Slam finals (2-2 against Nadal, 1-0 against Andy Roddick, 1-0 against Marin Cilic, 0-1 against del Potro and 0-1 against Djokovic).

18) He’s now 30-20 in his career in five-setters. With his five set victory over Cilic in the final, Federer is now 30-20 in his career in five-setters (he’s also won his last six five-setters in a row).

19) He kept the Big Four’s success at the majors strong. Not only have Federer and Nadal combined to win the last five majors, but they’ve also won 47 of the last 52 now (since the 2005 French Open they’ve won all but five—Stan Wawrinka has three and del Potro and Cilic have one each).

20) He protected his all-time Grand Slam record for the rest of the year. Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles are going to be the all-time men’s Grand Slam record for at least the rest of 2018. The next man on the list, Nadal, has 16, and even if he wins the other three this year, he can’t catch 20.

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