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Roger Federer might have ended his season early due to injury, but his popularity on the tour is no less. Today marks the Swiss players 35th Birthday and to celebrate Ubitennis have compiled a list of ten milestones that he has achieved in his glorious career.

 

1) 17 Grand Slam titles – Federer has won more grand slam titles in the singles than any other player in history. He has won the Australian Open four times, French Open once, Wimbledon seven times and the US Open five times. His current record in grand slam finals is 17-10.

List of Grand slam titles

2003 Wimbledon def  Mark Philippoussis 7–6(7–5), 6–2, 7–6(7–3)
2004 Australian Open def  Marat Safin 7–6(7–3), 6–4, 6–2
2004 Wimbledon (2) def  Andy Roddick 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
2004 US Open def  Lleyton Hewitt 6–0, 7–6(7–3), 6–0
2005 Wimbledon (3) def  Andy Roddick 6–2, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
2005 US Open (2) def  Andre Agassi 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–1
2006 Australian Open def  Marcos Baghdatis 5–7, 7–5, 6–0, 6–2
2006 Wimbledon (4) def  Rafael Nadal 6–0, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(2–7), 6–3
2006 US Open (3) def  Andy Roddick 6–2, 4–6, 7–5, 6–1
2007 Australian Open def  Fernando González 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 6–4
2007 Wimbledon (5) def  Rafael Nadal 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 6–2
2007 US Open (4) def  Novak Djokovic 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2), 6–4
2008 US Open (5) def  Andy Murray 6–2, 7–5, 6–2
2009 French Open def  Robin Söderling 6–1, 7–6(7–1), 6–4
2009 Wimbledon (6) def  Andy Roddick 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 16–14
2010 Australian Open def  Andy Murray 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(13–11)
2012 Wimbledon (7) def  Andy Murray 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4

2) 88 Titles – Federer has won 60 titles on a hard-court, 15 on grass, 11 on the clay and two on Carpet.

3) Only two men have won more ATP titles than him – Federer’s tally of 88 trophies is the third highest in ATP history. Only Ivan Landl (94) and Jimmy Connors (109) have won more.

4) Has won 82% of all of his matches – The 35-year-old currently has 1080 wins on the ATP tour, which is the second highest in history after Connors’ record of 1256. Federer has already played 1245 matches in his career.

5) 302 weeks at world No.1 – Federer is the first and so far only tennis player to spend over 300 weeks at the top of the rankings.

6) Has ended his season in the top 10 every year since 2002 – This record is likely to end in 2016 following Federer’s withdrawal from the tour due to a knee injury.

7) Once played 105 points without producing an error – the remarkable achievement occurred at the 2007 US Open when he defeated John Isner 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

US Open 2007 – 3 rd Round – Roger Federer vs… by arnaudk90

8) Has won the ATP Finals a record six times – 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.

9) No other man has won more titles on the grass than Federer – The Swiss player currently has 15 titles with a win-loss of 152-23 on the surface.

10) Has won 307 matches in a grand slam – he surpassed Martina Navratilova’s record of 306 at the Wimbledon championships when he came from two sets down to defeat Marin Cilic.

Happy Birthday Roger!!

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Kaia Kanepi upsets Angelique Kerber to reach the second round at the Australian Open

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Former world number 15 Kaia Kanepi came back from one break down in the second set to beat 2016 champion Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-3 in 1 hour and 20 minutes at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Kanepi leads to 3-2 in her five head-to-head matches against Kerber after beating her German rival in Sydney in 2009 and Wimbledon in 2011. 

 

The Estonian player has beaten a seed in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for the ninth time in her career. 

Kanepi, who dropped out of the top 100 to world number 115, hit 31 winners to 21 unforced errors. Kerber made 19 unforced errors to 18 winners. 

Kanepi earned a break in the fourth game of the opening set to take a 4-1 lead. Kerber broke back in the seventh game for 3-4, but Kanepi closed out the first set 6-4 with a break in the 10th game. 

Both players traded breaks in the fifth and sixth games to draw level to 3-3. Kanepi won the final three games including a break in the eighth game to take a 6-3 lead.

Roland Garros semifinalist Tamara Zidansek came back from one set down to beat Aranxta Rus 3-6 6-4 7-6 (10-8) in the super tie-break in 2 hours and 26 minutes. Zidansek missed three match points as she was serving at 5-4 in the third set. Zidansek raced out to a 5-0 lead in the super tie-break, but she dropped seven of the next eight points to trail 6-7. Zidansek converted her fourth match point to close out the super tie-break 10-8. Zidansek will face British player Heather Watson. The Slovakian player beat her British opponent 2-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) in Adelaide first round last week. 

Ana Konjuh rallied from losing the first set to beat Shelby Rogers 4-6 6-3 7-5. Konjuh was not able to convert four match points as she was serving at 5-4 in the third set, but she won the final eight points to claim her first Grand Slam main draw win since Wimbledon 2017. 

Konjuh set up a second round match against 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Danielle Collins, who cruised past qualifier Caroline Dolehide 6-1 6-3 after 66 minutes. Danish teenager Clara Tauson beat Australian player Astra Sharma 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour and 20 minutes setting up a second round match against Anett Kontaveit. 

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British teenage star Emma Raducanu beat Sloane Stephens 6-0 2-6 6-1 in a battle between US Open champions after 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach the second round at the Australian Open in Melbourne. 

 

Raducanu, who became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title at the US Open last year, played her first match against Stephens, who claimed the US Open trophy in 2017. 

Raducanu has extended her Grand Slam main draw record to 11-1. Stephens, who married Jozy Altidore on New Year’s Eve, was playing her first match in 2022. The US player reached the Australian Open semifinal in 2013. 

Raducanu broke three times and dropped only four points to win a one-sided first set in just 17 minutes. The young Brit hit seven winners and committed two unforced errors to Stephens’ eight.

Stephens bounced back by breaking serve on her fifth opportunity after consecutive double faults from Raducanu in a 12-minute first game of the second set to take a 2-0 lead. Stephens broke twice in the fifth and seventh games and drew unforced errors from Raducanu to seal the second set 6-2. 

Raducanu earned a double break with two backhand returns to race out to a 4-0 lead. The teenager ended a 17-shot rally with a crosscourt dropshot on her third match point. 

“Both me and Sloane put everything out there and it was a very good match. We had some good rallies and I am happy to come through against such  a great champion. I went out there and I played a great first set. I executed my game plan pretty well and was making very little unforced errors, but of course because Sloane she was fighting back in the second set. Her defensive skills were pretty inspiring for me to ty and replicate myself later on. So we got into some good rallies. She turned it around. Then in the third set I am just glad I could regroup and make less errors again and play some good tennis”, said Raducanu.  

Raducanu will take on last year’s Charleston WTA 500 finalist Danka Kovinic, who beat Jan Su Jeong 6-3 2-6 6-4 in 3 hours and 9 minutes. 

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Alex De Minaur recovers from one set down to beat Lorenzo Musetti at the Australian Open

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Alex De Minaur rallied from one set down to beat Lorenzo Musetti 3-6 6-3 6-0 6-3 in 2 hours and 32 minutes on Kia Arena in Melbourne reaching the second round at the Australian Open. 

 

De Minaur earned an early break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Musetti won five consecutive games from 1-3 to seal the opening set 6-3 with two breaks in the sixth and eighth games. 

De Minaur went up an early break in the fourth game at love. Musetti saved three break points at love to hold serve in the sixth game before breaking back in the seventh game. De Minaur got for the second time in the eighth game to seal the second set 6-3. 

The Australian player won a one-sided third set by taking a bagel with three breaks in 21 minutes. Museetti won just five points in the third set. 

Musetti saved two break points in the fourth game. De Minaur converted his second break point in the ninth game to close out the fourth set 6-3.  The Aussie won 28 out of 40 points at the net and hit 21 winners. 

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“It doesn’t get much better than this. I have some great memories on this court, playing in front of my home fans. There is no place I would rather be, that’s for sure. The most important thing is I stayed positive throughout the whole match. I am not allowed to get negative on court, make sure to tell me off”, said Alex De Minaur. 

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