The debate to see who is the best tennis player of all time is still latent and given the advantage that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic achieved in a matter of Grand Slam titles over Roger Federer, several opt for discarding His Majesty. But there are certain numbers that serve the Swiss to stay in the conversation. One that does not involve appreciation and is based only on statistics.
Farther than any other man has won eight titles at Wimbledon, Roger Federer boasts the record for having played the most Grand Slam matches with 429 and having won 369 of them. He is known to leave the sport with 103 ATP titles, trailing only Jimmy Connors in the open era. The reward was more than 130 million dollars in monetary prizes. Nadal boasts 92 and Djokovic 88, third and fourth on the historical list.
Among other statistics that seem to be difficult to overcome is that between 2003 and 2005 he won 24 consecutive finalsNadal stayed at 14 and Djokovic at 10. Part of that record includes five Grand Slams, two ATP Finals and seven Masters 1000. It also stands as the only tennis player to win at least two different Grand Slams for five years in a row, coupled with his streak of 65 wins on grass.
Following his victory in the 2019 Wimbledon quarterfinals, he reached 100 wins at the Cathedral. While four other players have reached the hundred at a Grand Slam, six months later at the Australian Open 2020 the Swiss achieved with his third round victory reach 100 in a second major. No other tennis player boasts at least 100 wins in two Grand Slams.
If we break down more numbers around his Grand Slam appearances, too holds the record of playing 10 consecutive finals. This happened between Wimbledon in 2005 and the US Open in 2007. Once he lost, he started counting again until he reached eight, which means that there was a season when he played 18 finals of 19 Grand Slams in a row. He also holds the record for playing 23 semi-finals in a row and 36 quarter-finals in a row..
When he began to collect his Grand Slam titles, he won his first seven downs in a row. No other tennis player has passed three at the beginning of the count, such is the case of Connors. Nadal and Djokovic lost against Federer on his third attempt. When he won 12 of his majors in a five-year period, he redefined the game, but perhaps another fact that may take time to overcome is his 237 consecutive weeks as World No. 1happened between February 2004 and August 2008. Connors stayed at 160, while Serena Williams stayed at 186.
In terms of service, the Swiss boasts a 77% effectiveness in the first, Djokovic 74 and Nadal 72. Finally, Federer is the tennis player who was voted for 19 consecutive years as the favorite of the fans in the year-end awards of the ATP. These are the arguments that should also be considered.