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The Man Of The Many Records

 

There’s this saying in French that applies very well to this post: à tout seigneur, tout honneur. I wanted to talk about those veterans that, in view of first-round losses, were pushed to retirement by fans and some media alike, but the one veteran that captured everyone’s attention, today, is Roger Federer. Not talking about what he achieved today would really make no sense, as he has yet again set another mark in the history of tennis.

 

With his 6-3 6-2 6-7(6) 6-3 win over Adrian Ungur in the second round of the French Open, Roger Federer passed Jimmy Connors for the most career wins in Grand Slam tournaments in the Open Era (Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/GettyImages)

 

For Roger’s 6-3 6-2 6-7(6) 6-3 second-round victory over Romanian Adrian Ungur at the French Open was his career 234th in Grand Slam tournaments, thus passing Jimmy Connors’s 233 to set a new Open Era mark.

 

In fact, with this record, Federer holds most of the Grand Slams’ most prestigious records:

 

  • 16 Grand Slam titles
  • 31 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals (or better) and counting
  • 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals
  • Most wins in each of the four Grand Slams (51 and counting)
  • Only male player in history to win two different Grand Slams five consecutive times (Wimbledon, U.S. Open)
  • First man in Open Era to win his first seven Grand Slam finals
  • Only male player in history to win two back-to-back Grand Slams four consecutive years (Wimbledon, U.S. Open)

 

Etc. The list really goes on but those are among the most important of his Grand Slam achievements. Furthermore, he’s only one Grand Slam semi-final away from tying Connors’s record of 31 overall.

 

I know there is this endless debate on whether or not Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all times. I think he is. His long list of credentials and records is there to prove it. Some may argue that there was “no significant competition” when he was in his prime. I disagree. Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, and Marat Safin, to name only those three, were at their prime when Federer reached his.

 

His tennis is like ballet dancing on a court, any type of court, ageless and timeless. Whether we like him or not, Roger Federer's tennis is a joy to watch. (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

He is just so gifted that he set the bar very high and it took a very intent warrior, Rafael Nadal, to try and raise the bar even higher which, with his proverbial hard work, he did. Novak Djokovic put himself to it as well and this makes us live in the golden age of men’s tennis we are in at the moment.

 

The nice part of all these achievements? Federer is only 30 years old and can still achieve more things, even though the competition is fiercer than ever. Like a phoenix, he is really good at rising again from his own ashes every time he is buried or sent to his retirement.

 

Congratulations on this new, impressive, mark, Roger! And to many more!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Marco Marco
    31 May, 2012    

    This is coming from a Federer fan. Indeed great achievements and I love him. Although to be fair and objective, Safin, Hewitt and Roddick would all be the first to tell you that their Slam record achievements were hardly groundbreaking. 5 slams, between all 3 of them. Obviously he was fortunate for a large part of his career in being better than his competition and he cannot and should not be blamed for that. When the competition did arrive, the stats changed. But still a great champion.

  2. 31 May, 2012    

    Sorry to disappoint you: I’m not a Federer fan. I admire his game greatly, that’s for sure, but I’m not a fan of his.

  3. cinny cinny
    18 June, 2012    

    Caroline, may I ask whom are you a fan of? I know your opinions and analyses are objective, such as this nice piece about Roger even though you are not a fan of his. I’m asking about your subjective opinion – which players do you like personally and support / cheer for more?

  4. 18 June, 2012    

    Hello Cinny.

    Subjectively, my 2 no 1 favourite players are del Potro and Mónaco. Then follow Andy Murray, the Davids (Ferrer and Nalbandian), Dolgopolov, Schwank, Delbonis, Zeballos, Andújar.

    But I like most players, for one reason or another, without necessarily being a fan.

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