15 Facts To Celebrate Roger Federer’s 36th Birthday
The age-defying Roger Federer turns 36 today. As the second oldest player in the world’s top-100, he enters this week’s Canadian Open in Montreal with two grand slam titles this season and a win-loss record of 31-2. To celebrate his birthday, here are 15 facts about the Swiss world No.3.
1) He has won more grand slam titles than any other player on the men’s tour. Federer’s tally of 19 has only been surpassed by three female players.
Most grand slam titles
Margaret Court – 24
Serena Williams – 23
Steffi Graf – 22
Roger Federer – 19
Helen Wills Moody – 19
2) The only man in history to reach the final at every grand slam within a season three times (2006, 2007 and 2009). Between 2006-2009, Federer reached the final at 15 out of 16 grand slam tournaments he participated in. The only exception was the 2008 Australian Open.
3) Winning his eighth Wimbledon title last month, Federer became the oldest men’s champion at SW19 in the Open Era at the age of 35 years and 342 days.
4) Only two men have won more titles than him. The 36-year-old has so far won 93 ATP titles on the tour. This makes Federer the third most decorated player in history after Ivan Lendl (94) and Jimmy Connors (109).
5) Once played 105 consecutive points without producing an error against John Isner at the 2007 US Open. Federer won the match 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.
5) Has earned over $100 million in prize money and is second on the all-time list after Novak Djokovic. His current prize money earnings stand at $107,309,145.
6) He is the fourth highest paid athlete in the world this year. According to research conducted by Forbes.com, Federer has a total salary of $64 million, of which $58 million is earned through endorsements.
7) He holds dual nationality. Federer’s mum, Lynette, was born in South Africa and his father, Robert, was born in Switzerland.
8) The Swiss has spent a total of 302 weeks as world No.1, the longest in ATP history. This period equates to five years and 42 weeks.
9) Prior to this week’s Rogers Cup, he has played 1358 matches on the ATP Tour. Federer currently has a win-loss record of 1111-247.
10) He has never retired during a tennis match!
11) Federer has hit over 10,000 aces on the tour. He reached the milestone at this year’s Wimbledon championship in his first round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov.
12) He has been voted the atpworldtour.com ‘fan favourite’ 14 consecutive times between 2003- 2016. He has also won the Stefan Edberg sportsmanship award 12 times.
13) Federer was a vegetarian until the age of 16.
14) A 2016 survey of almost 8000 people from 15 countries concluded that Federer is the celebrity who most people associate Switzerland with. He received a total of 915 votes, beating William Tell (375) and Albert Einstein (204).
15) In Switzerland, where military service is mandatory, Federer was exempt from taking part due to a bad back.