Federer Passes Lendl With 1,072 Match Wins

ATPWorldTour.com pays tribute to Roger Federer's match wins achievement.

Roger Federer's love for the sport is undiminished in his 19th season as a pro.

In beating Florian Mayer at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart today for his 1,072nd victory, he moves past Ivan Lendl for second place in the Open Era match wins list. Only Jimmy Connors, with 1,256 career match wins, stands in front of Federer now.

"I never thought I would be playing for such a record," said Federer. "Of course I take them with a smile and now that I'm on the same level as Ivan Lendl or I'm chasing Jimmy Connors in terms of match wins. For me they were unreachable tennis players when I was growing up, because I never had any chance to play against them. I only knew them from TV and they were the best players we had in the game. For me to be at that level now, can motivate me for more wins in the future."

Two months shy of his 35th birthday, the Swiss superstar remains dedicated and committed to working hard in order to play consistently well. Federer has striven to improve and evolve ever since his ATP World Tour debut at Gstaad in 1998. For the past 14 seasons he has been one of the world's premier sportsmen.

Today's feat reflects his desire and his hunger to extend his longevity at the highest level.

 

CAREER MATCH WINS LEADERS (Open Era) - Roger Federer is one of only three players in the Open Era (since 1968) to win at least 1,000 singles matches on the ATP World Tour. He became the first player since Ivan Lendl in 1992 to reach 1,000 match wins on 11 January 2015 in Brisbane. Here is a breakdown of some Hall of Fame careers:

Player
W-L Record
Winning %
Jimmy Connors (USA)
1253-278
.818
Roger Federer (SUI)
1072-242
.817
Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)
1071-239
.818
Guillermo Vilas (ARG)
929-285
.765
John McEnroe (USA)
877-198
.816
Andre Agassi (USA)
870-274
.760
Stefan Edberg (SWE)
801-270
.748
Rafael Nadal (ESP)
796-168
.826
Ilie Nastase (ROU)
780-305
.720
Pete Sampras (USA)
762-222
.774

MATCH WINS MILESTONES - Here is a look at Federer's milestone match wins throughout his outstanding career. Six times Federer has reached a match milestone and gone on to win the tournament title:

No.
Player
Tournament
Score
1
Guillaume Raoux
1998 Toulouse 1R
62 62
100
Julien Boutter
2001 Basel SF
76 64
200
Mikhail Youzhny
+2003 Halle SF
46 76 62
300
Lleyton Hewitt
+2004 US Open F
60 76 60
400
Tommy Haas
+2006 Australian Open 4R
64 60 36 46 62
500
David Ferrer
2007 Monte-Carlo QF
64 60
600
Thiago Alves
+2008 US Open 2R
63 75 64
700
Julian Reister
2010 Roland Garros 3R
64 60 64
800
Juan Monaco
+2011 Paris QF
63 75
900
Gilles Simon
2013 Roland Garros 4R
61 46 26 62 63
1,000
Milos Raonic
+2015 Brisbane F
64 67(2) 64
1,072
Florian Mayer
2016 Stuttgart QF
76(2) 76(1)

MOST WINS (10 or more) BY COUNTRY (28 TOTAL) - Federer has won 1,072 matches in 28 different countries. Here is the breakdown:

Country
No.
United States
226
Great Britain
111
France
109
Australia
105
Germany
91
Switzerland
88
United Arab Emirates
47
Italy
43
Spain
35
China
33
Netherlands
32
Canada
31
Monaco
30
Qatar
26
Austria
18
Thailand
10

MATCH WINS BY SURFACE

Surface
No.
Hard
668
Clay
214
Grass
144
Carpet
46

Special statistical assistance courtesy of Graham Edgar and Greg Sharko.