Roger Federer is one of the most iconic and successful athletes of all time. After an 18th career Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January, Federer lifted his fifth Indian Wells trophy and 90th career title on St. Patrick’s weekend.
This article has been updated again after Federer’s recent Wimbledon win. You can read the updated article here
We take a look at the astonishing numbers behind the35-year-oldd Swiss’ legendary career.
On The Rise
While trying to make his pro breakthrough, Roger Federer reached was the 2002 Miami Masters event, where he lost to Andre Agassi on hard court. Federer won his first Master Series event at the 2002 Hamburg Masters on clay, over Marat Safin; the victory put him in top 10 for the first time.
Grand Slam Finals
Roger Federer is one of only 8 men to win each of the four major tennis titles. In addition, he has reached each Grand Slam final at least five times each.
Greatest Of All Time
Roger Federer has the most major wins of all time with 18 singles tournaments to his name (7x Wimbledon, 5x US Open, 5x Australian Open, 1x French Open). Next to him are Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras, each with 14 major wins.
On Top Of The World
The silky Swiss native holds the record for longest time spent as the world’s No.1 ranked tennis player – an eye-watering 302 weeks. He hasn’t held the top spot since November 2012.
King of Wimbledon
Roger Federer is only the second tennis player in history to have made $100 million in career earnings. The first player to do so was Novak Djokovic.
Roger Federer has won the season-ending ATP Championship a record six times. His last victory came in 2011, despite making the finals in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Pride of Switzerland
Federer has won one Olympic Gold Medal and one Davis Cup for Switzerland. His Olympic gold coming at the 2008 games in Beijing where he and Stan Wawrinka won the doubles event. His Davis Cup triumph came in 2014 when he helped the Swiss team to victory over neighbours France.
Keep Up, Buddy
In 2007, as Federer challenged for his fifth Wimbledon title, Nike produced an advert narrated by Tiger Woods. In a battle of “I’ve got more majors than you”, this video shows how the sporting tables have turned over the past 10 years and how Federer’s success has outlasted the golfer once tipped as the most successful athlete of all time. Take a look:
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