Roger Federer’s Wimbledon Win: Five New Milestones
Once again Roger Federer is the king of The All England Club. Seven months after returning to the tour from a knee injury, the Swiss player has broken records and rewritten tennis history following his latest win. He leaves Wimbledon with 2000 ranking points, £1.1M in prize money and has set five new milestones in his career.
1) 8th Wimbledon title
Federer is now officially the most successful male player to ever play at Wimbledon. Sunday’s win is his eighth title since 2003. Only Rafael Nadal has won more titles than him in a major tournament with ten at the French Open.
The 35-year-old now has a win-loss record of 91-11 at the tournament, the most match wins by a player in the Open Era. Federer has also played 100 matches at the Australian Open with his 100th occurring in this year’s final.
2) 19th grand slam title
With his latest victory, Federer has moved to joint-fourth on the all-time list for most grand slam titles won. Since winning the 2003 Wimbledon title, Federer has played in 29 grand slam finals, winning 19 of those. Nadal is the only person in history to defeat the Swiss player in straight sets in a grand slam final (2008 French Open).
Most grand slam titles
Margaret Court – 24
Serena Williams – 23
Steffi Graf – 22
Roger Federer – 19
Helen Wills Moody – 19
3) The oldest champion
At the age of 35 years and 342 days, Federer is the oldest man to ever win at The All England Club. The achievement breaks Ken Rosewall’s previous best from 1970, when he defeated John Newcombe at the age of 35 years and 244 days.
In the Open Era only two other men has won a major title at an older age than Federer. Rosewall won four titles after his 36th birthday between 2971 – 1974. Meanwhile, Mal Anderson won the 1972 Australian Open at the age of 35. Federer is also only the second player to win multiple grand slam titles after their 35th birthday.
4) Won without dropping a set
It is the second time in Federer’s career that he has won a grand slam without dropping a set. The first occurred at the 2007 Australian Open. At Wimbledon, only Bjorn Bjorg has managed to do this in the Open Era (1976 and 1978).
Overall, Federer is one of three men to win multiple major titles without dropping a set. The other is Rafael Nadal at three French Open tournaments (2008, 2010, 2017).
Route to the 2017 trophy
R1 – Def Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-0 ret (right ankle)
R2 – Def Dusan Lajovic 7-6(0), 6-3, 6-2
R3 – Def Mischa Zverev 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4
R4 – Def Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-02, 6-4
QF – Def Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(4)
SF – Def Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4
F – Def Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4
5) 11th Wimbledon final
Federer is the only man in history to ever play in the final of the same grand slam tournament more than ten times. Both Nadal and Bill Tilden feature in ten finals at the French and US Open. Out of those 11 finals Federer has contested, he has only been beaten by a player seeded in the top two. Nadal (2) in 2008 and Novak Djokovic (1) in 2014 and 2015.