Federer Chasing Historic 100th Win At Wimbledon
No player on record has won 100 matches at a single Grand Slam event. But eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer can do so by advancing to the semi-finals at The Championships in the coming fortnight.
Federer had a chance to earn his 100th victory at the Australian Open earlier this year, but he was upset in the fourth round. The Swiss had to make the final in Melbourne. He is getting a second crack at it in London, where he owns a record eight trophies.
According to the FedEx ATP Performance Zone, Federer can also break Jimmy Connors’ record for the most grass-court wins in the Open Era. Connors tallied a 185-38 record on the surface, winning 83 per cent of his matches on grass.
Most Grass-Court Wins (Open Era)
Federer could also break that mark by making the last four at Wimbledon for the 13th time. The 37-year-old has the best record on grass in the Open Era (181-26), having won 87.4 per cent of his matches on the surface.
Last year, Federer broke a tie with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw for the most titles at The All England Club by claiming his eighth. And after triumphing at last week’s NOVENTI OPEN in Halle, Federer owns a record 19 grass-court trophies. Nobody else in the Open Era has won more than 10.
The 37-year-old leads the ATP Tour with three titles in 2019 (Dubai, Miami, Halle) and a 32-4 record on the season (88.9 winning percentage).
Rafael Nadal can earn his 50th triumph at Wimbledon in the second round. The Spaniard, who has emerged victorious at The All England Club twice, is fourth on the list of active players for most wins at the grass-court Grand Slam with 48.
Most Wins: Wimbledon (Active Players)
The third seed is fresh off his run to a record 12th Roland Garros title. If Federer is unable to reach victory No. 100 at this year’s Wimbledon this year or next year’s Australian Open, the Spaniard will be in prime position to become the first player to accomplish the feat in Paris next season. Nadal would hit his 100th win by claiming his 13th Coupe des Mousquetaires.
Four-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is second among active players with 65 victories on the historic grass. The reigning titlist would have more wins at The Championships than any other major if he makes the semi-finals for the ninth time.
The only major at which an active player does not hold the record for most wins is the US Open, where Jimmy Connors is at the top with 98. Federer is second with 85 triumphs. He won five consecutive titles at the event from 2004-08.
Most Wins By Grand Slam
|Australian Open||Roger Federer||97|
|Roland Garros||Rafael Nadal||93|
|US Open||Jimmy Connors||98|
Did You Know?
Federer, the second seed, is the first man in Wimbledon history to compete in the singles draw for 21 consecutive years.