Modified 13 Mar 2020, 12:17 IST
Roger Federer is one among the most profitable gamers in the Open Era to have wielded a tennis racquet.
The 38-year-old has the most Grand Slam titles (20) and Grand Slam match wins (362) than any participant whereas his feat of successful 10 titles on two completely different surfaces (Halle-grass and Basel-hardcourt) is one other first.
Federer is the solely participant to win 100 matches at a Grand Slam event, or for that matter at any event, having raked up a century of match wins at Wimbledon (101) and the Australian Open (102). The solely participant to win a singles match on tour in Four completely different many years has 103 singles titles and 1242 match wins towards his title, that are solely shaded by American Jimmy Connors.
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The Swiss legend is one among solely two gamers, the different being Rafael Nadal, to play 5 finals in any respect 4 Grand Slam tournaments. Federer narrowly failed to turn into the oldest participant in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title when he squandered a number of championship factors on serve in the fifth set of an epic 2019 Wimbledon remaining towards Novak Djokovic earlier than happening to the Serb in a first-ever fifth-set tiebreak in the historical past of the grasscourt main.
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During the course of his illustrious 22-year ongoing skilled profession, Federer has met 345 completely different opponents, Tennys Sandgren in the 2020 Australian Open quarterfinals changing into the 235th completely different gamers to cross swords towards the Swiss maestro and are available up second-best.
Pat Rafter (3-0) and Franco Squillari (2-0) lead a small group of 16 gamers never to have lost towards Federer. On that observe, allow us to meet the active trio who has an ideal report towards the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Note: All of them have solely met the maestro as soon as until now.
#3 Andrei Rublev (1-0)
In his lone assembly with 7-time champion Federer at the 2019 Cincinnati Masters, Andrei Rublev beat Federer in straight units to attain the quarterfinals.
The match-up nearly never materialised as Rublev ‘forgot’ to join the event and was fortuitous to get an entry to the important draw as a qualifier.
But the younger Russian made the most of his alternative, bursting out of the blocks and breaking the Federer serve thrice in a swift 57 minute win to hand the 38-year-old his quickest defeat in 15 years and his earliest exit in Cincinnati since dropping to Ivo Karlovic in the 2008 second spherical.
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#2 Thanassi Kokkinakis (1-0)
Thanasi Kokinakkis beat defending champion Federer in a third-set tiebreak in the opening spherical of the 2018 Miami Masters in the pair’s first ever assembly on tour.
In the course of, the 175th-ranked Australian qualifier grew to become the lowest ranked participant to beat the world’s no. 1 since a 178th-ranked Francisco Clavet beat Kokinakkis’ compatriot Lleyton Hewitt at the identical event 15 years in the past.
It marked solely the second time, Federer as the top-ranked participant in the ATP ranked participant, lost towards an opponent ranked outdoors the Top-100 since dropping to 101st-ranked Frenchman Richard Gasquet, additionally in a third-set tiebreak, in the quarterfinals of the 2005 Monte Carlo Masters.
With the loss, Federer ceded best spot in the rankings to Rafael Nadal.
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#1 Evgeniy Donskoy (1-0)
After successful his 18th Grand Slam singles title at the 2017 Australian Open, Federer opened his account for an eighth title in Dubai with a straight-set win over Frenchman Benoit Paire.
For a spot in the quarterfinals, Federer was up towards Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy for the first time. Breezing by means of the opening set in 24 minutes, there was little inkling of what was to transpire as Federer arrived on match factors in the second set tiebreaker.
But Donskoy bravely fought off these factors to take the match right into a decider the place Federer failed to serve out the match at 5-Three and noticed a 5-1 lead in the ensuing tiebreak disappear as the 116th-ranked Russian pulled off the largest win of his profession.
In the course of, Donskoy emulated his compatriots Yevgeny Kafelnikov (4), Marat Safin (2), and Nikolay Davydenko (2) to beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
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Published 13 Mar 2020, 12:17 IST
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