Roger Federer on grass: 10 things to know about 8-time Wimbledon champ

by: | July 01, 2018

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Roger Federer is aiming for his ninth Wimbledon trophy. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer begins his quest for another Wimbledon title on Monday, playing Dusan Lajovic in his first-round match. But before all of that begins, we thought we’d take a look at just how good Federer is on this surface.

Here are 10 things to know about the Swiss legend on grass:

He’s an eight-time Wimbledon champion. Federer’s eight Wimbledon titles came in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2017. His next-best major is the Australian Open, with six titles.

He has more Wimbledon titles than any man in tennis history. By winning Wimbledon in 2017, Federer broke a tie with seven-time champions William Renshaw and Pete Sampras for the record.

He’s reached more Wimbledon finals than any man in tennis history. He’s been to 11, which ties him with Rafael Nadal for most finals ever at a single Slam (Nadal has reached 11 French Open finals).

He’s also won more matches at Wimbledon than any man in tennis history. Federer has 91 career match wins at Wimbledon (91-11 overall). Next on the list is Jimmy Connors, with 84 wins (84-18).

He’s won 18 of his 98 career ATP World Tour titles on grass. Federer has won almost one fifth of his titles on a surface that’s roughly one tenth of the season means. Those 18 titles consist of his eight Wimbledon titles, nine Halle titles and one Stuttgart title.

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He has the men’s record for most grass-court titles in the Open Era. He actually has almost twice as many as the next man on the list—Pete Sampras is next with 10 career titles on the surface.

Grass is his best surface in terms of winning percentage. Federer has an excellent 172-25 career record on grass (.873). Meanwhile, he’s 725-145 on hard-courts (.833) and 214-68 on clay (.759).

He has the second-longest men’s Wimbledon win streak of all time. Federer won 40 matches in a row here between 2003 and 2008, one short of Bjorn Borg’s 41 in a row between 1976 and 1981.

He has the longest men’s grass-court win streak in the Open Era. Federer won 65 matches in a row on this surface between 2003 and 2008. Nadal ended it in the 2008 Wimbledon final.

He’s better against Top 10 players on grass. Federer’s an excellent 214-110 against Top 10 players across all surfaces (.660) but 18-6 against them on grass (.750). 


In association with All England Lawn & Tennis Club, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment and Amblin Television.  Directed by Andrew Douglas.

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