Though numbers alone cannot summarise the Swiss player’s genius and the influence he had on the game, here are a few figures that illustrate his exceptional career on the professional circuit.
Roger Federer’s career in figures
We take a look back at some of the most significant numbers from Roger Federer’s career.
In 1,526 singles matches, Roger Federer totalled 1,251 victories including 369 in the Grand Slam. He is the only player to have won at least 100 matches in two different Majors (105 at Wimbledon and 102 at the Australian Open). Never in his career has he withdrawn from a match.
Roger Federer has sat on the World No.1 throne for a total 310 weeks, 237 of which were consecutive. On 5 occasions he ended the year at the top of the rankings (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009). When he regained the top spot in February 2018, he also became the oldest ever ATP No.1 (36 years and 320 days).
The number of singles titles RF won over the course of his career, from Milan in 2001 to Basel in 2019 (71 hard court, 19 grass, 11 clay and 2 carpet). In the men’s game, only Jimmy Connors has done better, with 109 titles.
Of his many trophies, Roger was crowned champion in a Grand Slam 20 times (8 Wimbledon, 6 Australian Open, 5 US Open and 1 Roland-Garros). In total, he took part in 81 Majors, a record he holds with Feliciano Lopez. He played in 31 Grand Slam finals (including 10 consecutive ones, between 2005 and 2007) and 46 semifinals (including 23 consecutive ones, between 2004 and 2010).
He also won 28 Masters 1000 titles – only Monte Carlo and Rome are missing from his trophy cabinet – and holds the record for the most titles in Basel (10), Halle (10), Wimbledon (8), Dubai (8), Cincinnati (7) and at the ATP Finals (6).
Over the course of his career, the man from Basel lifted the Davis Cup on 1 occasion (in 2014) alongside Stan Wawrinka and their teammates. The two friends won 1 Olympic gold medal together at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He also won 1 silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012 (he lost in the final to Andy Murray).
The Swiss player served 11,478 aces during his career. He is third on the podium for this exploit since the ATP has recorded this statistic, after John Isner (13,960) and Ivo Karlovic (13,728). Thanks to his outstanding serve, he won 88.80% of his service games (5th in the rankings) and won 56.83% of his second serves, which puts him in 2nd place in the list of the most efficient serving players, after Rafael Nadal (57.27%).