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پیش فرض 35 facts that prove Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player ever

1. Federer is only the first man in the last 45 years to appear in four Grand Slam finals in the same year.

And he’s done it a staggering three times, winning three of the four titles in 2006 and 2007 and going 2-2 in 2009. The 2006 and 2007 losses were at the French to Rafael Nadal while, ironically, Federer won the French in 2009 but lost the Australian and U.S. Opens. Rod Laver, who won all four slams in 1969, is the only other player to accomplish the feat in the Open Era, which began in 1968. (The rest of the post refers to the Open era only.)

2. Federer has won 90 more Grand Slam matches (285) than the next active player, Rafael Nadal (195). He’s also has 52 more wins than the No. 2 player on the all-time list, Jimmy Connors.

3. Federer has won 25% of the tournaments he’s entered during his career.

That’s 86 titles in 334 tourneys, which is amazing given that his rate has obviously dropped since his prime ended five years ago. To put that still-impressive 25% in perspective, from 2004-2006 Federer won 69.4% of tourneys played (the record for a three-season stretch).

4. He’s the all-time title leader at two different Slams (Wimbledon, tied with Pete Sampras, and the U.S. Open, tied with Jimmy Connors and Sampras).

5. Just three times in history has a man won 40 or more consecutive matches at a single Grand Slam tournament. Federer has done it two of those times and at different tournaments, no less.

Bjorn Borg once won 41 straight at Wimbledon, making him the all-time leader. Federer has streaks of 40 at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, with his streaks getting broken by Nadal (’08) at Wimbledon and Juan Martin Del Potro (’09) at the U.S. Open. Speaking of Nadal, it seems bizarre that his French Open dominance didn’t crack this list, no? Well, he’s right behind with 39, which was halted earlier this month by Djokovic. (Why isn’t Federer’s number at 41 straight, which would mean five straight titles (35 matches) and six matches in a tournament before losing in a final? He had a walkover during each streak, which doesn’t count for official stats.)

6. Fed is No. 1 in most consecutive Grand Slam finals played with 10. He’s also in second, with eight.

7. For as dominant as Rafael Nadal was at the French Open, this stat stuns: Rafa’s longest streak of Roland Garros finals (five) can’t touch The Fed’s seven consecutive Wimbledon finals.

Rightly, it’s all about Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, when it comes to Grand Slam dominance. That’s the result of being 71-2 at the French Open. But because of that hiccup to Robin Soderling in 2009 and the unfair quarterfinal loss to Djokovic in 2015, Nadal’s streaks can’t match Federer’s on grass. Weirdly, Federer also has made four straight French Open finals, which ties him with Nadal for second most in that event (behind Nadal, of course).
But neither of them are the all-time leader. Ivan Lendl made eight consecutive U.S. Open finals. The Czech turned American was only 3-5 in those finals, however.

8. Federer’s ranks in terms of all-time match wins at the four majors (in order of major, e.g. Aussie, French, Wimbledon, U.S.): 1, 2, 2, 4 (and he’ll be No. 3 in Flushing with two wins there in August).

9. The Fed holds the record for most consecutive semifinals at a Grand Slam (23) and most consecutive quarterfinals at a Grand Slam (36).

The semifinal record has the makings of an unbreakable one. Novak Djokovic is second with 15 and has a current streak of five. The quarterfinals would seem unbreakable except that Djokovic is only 12 Slams (or three years) behind. But, they don’t call them upsets for nothing and Djokovic will be in his 30s at that point.

10. Lest you think Nadal knocked him completely off his grass game in the ’08 Wimbledon finals, Federer is 56-7 on the green since.

11. Federer once had a streak of 105 points without an unforced error

Granted, it came against big-serving and no-returning John Isner, but still. One hundred and five. Sick.

12. The most tournaments he won in a single year: 12 in 2006 (tied for most ever with Thomas Muster, of all people). The least amount of wins in a season: 1 in 2013.


13. The Fed is the only tennis player in history to be perfect on blue clay.

This is stupid, but if stupidity was a prerequisite to — I don’t know how I was going to end that sentence. Anyway, the 2012 Madrid Open was played with blue clay as part of a promotional push by Ion Ţiriac, the Count Dracula of tennis. The players hated it, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic seemed to tank matches just so they could complain about it later. Federer, on the other hand, would play on the white sand of St. Barth’s and not mind. Anyway, Federer won Madrid that year, smurf courts and all, and now that the courts have been banned, truly has an unbreakable record.

14. With his win in Brisbane this January, Federer broke a tie with Ivan Lendl to win a tourney in his 15th straight year (2001-2015).

15. Oddly, Federer doesn’t appear in the all-time top 10 for finals winning percentage.

It’s a bit of an odd stat with Thomas Muster leading, Nikolay Davydanko tied for second and Juan Martin Del Potro, Thomas Enqvist and Jose Louis Clerc also residing in the top 10. Federer is just sixth among active players, with the rest of the Big Four occupying spaces three, four and five. Del Potro leads the active group and in second place is — wait for it– Gilles Simon. Overall, Federer is 86-44 in finals. The players ranked Nos. 1, 2, 4, 8 and 9 on the list have Federer’ exact number of titles — 86 — combined. (That stat’s even more interesting when you consider that Novak Djokovic is No. 4. The others are Del Potro (1), Gilles Simon (2), Kei Nishikori (8) and Marin Cilic (9). On a separate note; miss you, Juan Martin.)

16. He’s never retired from a match.

17. He’s No. 1 and No. 2 on the list of consecutive hard court wins with 56 straight in 2005-06 and 36 straight in 2006-2007. He’s also No. 1 on grass, with his 65 straight wins being 50% higher the No. 2 Bjorn Borg (42)

18. Federer is the only player to not drop serve at a Masters 1000 event.

The Fed’s break-less tournament came in 2012 in Cincinnati, where Federer was pushed to three tiebreaks though. Lame.

19. In 2005 and 2006, Federer was a combined 53-2 in Grand Slams.

20. Nadal is the only member of the Big Four with a winning record against Federer.

Federer has Djokovic and Murray by a match each and currently sports a 32-30 against them in total. Though that winning percentage is sure to tumble a bit, with both those players just turning 28, it’s an impressive feat that the soon-to-be 34-year-old has held them off for so long. Nadal, on the other hand, has a 23-10 record against Federer. But take clay out of the equation and that drops to a more pedestrian 13-8.

21. Federer’s ranking records: most weeks at No. 1 (302), most consecutive weeks at No.1 (237), most weeks in the top two (455) and most consecutive weeks in the top two (346).

22. Federer has the most titles at one non-clay tournament.

Nadal is No. 1 overall in this category with nine wins at Roland Garros. But with Federer’s win in Halle on Sunday, he earned his eighth title there, tying him with Guillermo Vilas (Bueno Ares) and Nadal (Monte Carlo and Barcelona) for second all time. But those were all on clay, giving Federer the non-dirt honors. Federer does have the record for most finals appearances at one tournament, with 11 in his hometown of Basel. Oddly, he’s only 6-5 in the Basel finals.

23. Federer has won seven different tournaments at least five times.

24. Federer has won three Grand Slams in a single year three times, the rest of the ATP has done it three times, in total.

But Federer has never won three back-to-back Slams in a single year, due mainly to Nadal’s French Open dominance. He has, however, won three straight spanning two calendar years (Wimbledon, U.S. Open, Australian Open) on two occasions.

25. From October 2003 through September 2005, Federer won 24 straight finals, crushing Bjorn Borg’s previous record of 15.

26. The Swiss is in the top-two at each Grand Slam for most consecutive semifinals.

He has 11 in Melbourne (No. 1), five in Roland Garros (No. 1, tied with Nadal, Djokovic), seven at Wimbledon 7 (No. 1) and eight at the U.S. Open (No. 2, tied with Novak Djokovic and Ivan Lendl).

27. With his win in Brisbane this January, Federer broke a tie with Ivan Lendl to win a tourney in his 15th straight year (2001-2015).

28. Federer has two double bagels in his career.

He has six bagels and breadsticks (6-0, 6-1) but oddly not a single breadstick and bagel (6-1, 6-0). Overall, he’s 87-0 when putting up a 6-0 set. And the only he himself has been bageled this millennium was when Nadal did it in the final set of the 2008 French Open.


29. The Fed is No. 3 in most wins ever

He’s currently 224 wins behind Connors, who played until he was 44. He’s just 41 wins behind Ivan Lendl, who played until his was 34, the age Federer will likely be when he passes him. But Federer’s accomplishment is probably already more impressive than both.
30. Federer has 105 more victories against top 10 players than Connors.

This suggests that the wild-west atmosphere of tennis in the 1970s led to more victories over lesser players. Connors also isn’t in the top 10 for winning percentage against players in the top 10. He’s hovering around 50% while Federer is a staggering 65%.

30. Overall, Federer has averaged 5.7 tournament wins per year (and we’re not yet halfway through 2015 and he already has four titles this year).

31. The Fed is the only man to win back-to-back Slams five times.

He did it at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open from 2004-07 and at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2009.
32. Federer put up a 166-8 mark on hard courts from 2003-06.

Nadal, for all his clay-court dominance had a best streak of 118-3 ,which is still amazing, but gets 10 times the hype of Federer’s hard-court mark, which is arguably more impressive given that there are far more “hard-court specialists” than clay. In 2005 and 2006, Federer was a combined 109-3 on hard courts too, close to Nadal’s clay mark.
33. The Fed is the career leader in tiebreak win percentage (65.02%, a little better than John Isner). He’s also played the most (586) and won the most (381).

35. Overall, Roger Federer has won 81% of his matches on the ATP, with a 1067-243 record. He’s the greatest player of all time.

By: Chris Chase | June 25, 2015
http://ftw.usatoday.com
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